Township Considers Moving Sunset Park Picnic Shelter

UPPER POTTSGROVE PA – Relocating a generally ignored picnic pavilion from its current site near the entrance of Sunset Park and Trailhead, 1401 N. Charlotte St. (at top), to a spot in Hollenbach Park on North Hanover Street was recommended Monday (July 20, 2020) to the Upper Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners. A new location might ensure the shelter gets more use, but the move may not happen anytime soon.

Board members heard a report from the township Open Space and Recreation Board indicating someone had vandalized the white, open-sided shelter that features a gray-shingle roof supported by six doric-style columns. The pavilion was purchased several years ago with the expectation that Sunset Park visitors could enjoy quiet time and a meal there, but “no one uses it” and “it needs a lot of attention,” commissioners learned.

The open space board estimated the cost of moving the shelter at between $500 and $600, township Manager Michelle Reddick said, but Road Foreman Justin Bean suggested a local contractor might be willing to transport it for less.

Commissioner Cathy Paretti, however, asked her colleagues to delay authorizing the relocation for at least a few weeks. The township is beginning to focus grant-writing efforts on Hollenbach Park, she said, with the help of the Pottstown Area Regional Recreation Committee. She preferred to wait and request comment from the grant writers before making any move. Her fellow commissioners agreed.

Sunset Park currently is closed to public use. When completed and open, it is intended to serve as “the southern entrance to (the township) Sprogel’s Run Trail,” according to Upper Pottsgrove’s website.

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