Shale money used to rehab Windsor park and creek


Playing at the local park and on the baseball field is a fond memory of the Laucks Memorial Park for Rick Gipe.

"I played ball over there, my two boys played ball over there, my four grandsons played ball over there, and c'mon man, I want to see some great-grandchildren play ball over there," Gipe said.

On Tuesday afternoon, Windsor officials held a celebration of the borough's Laucks Memorial Park and Fishing Creek Rehabilitation Project.

"We're trying for spring 2016," Gipe said. "We have to be ready in time for spring ball."

Plans: The project will focus on the creek, baseball field and playground.

The bridge over the creek leading to the baseball field will be replaced with a bridge that is handicap-accessible, and natural stone steps will be added to allow children to get to the creek, said John Runge Jr., project manager with Gordon L. Brown and Associates Inc.

Rain gardens filled with wetland plants will capture runoff and help the rain soak into the ground, which helps with the flooding, said Jake Roming, president of Ecostruction, which is working on the project.

The playground will get new equipment, Runge said, and the park will get new bleachers, backstops and other upgrades.

Donations: The project will cost between $350,000 and $375,000, Runge said.

Funding sources include the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and York County's Marcellus Shale fund, money that comes from natural gas drillers in parts of the state containing the shale.

A York Home Depot store also has offered volunteers and $1,000 store credit for any supplies, Runge said.

— Reach Brianna Shea at bshea@yorkdispatch.com.