Honey Brook Borough to add pavilion to Borough Park

A satellite view of Honey Brook Borough Park showing the approximate location where a new pavilion will be built. Map provided by Google/edited by J. Finneran

Honey Brook Borough will soon be adding a second pavilion to the Borough Park, as the increasing popularity of events taking place in the municipal complex prompted the Parks and Recreation Department to go forward with the addition.

The 24’ x 12’ pavilion, which will be essentially a concrete slab with a roof, wired for electricity and with overhead lighting, will be located between the ‘tot lot’ playground and the larger existing pavilion on the northeastern side of the park which abuts against the Postal Office parking lot.

Jeanne Jenzano, a member of Honey Brook Borough Council and head of the Parks and Recreation Committee, said that the idea for adding the pavilion stemmed from past experiences of hosting the Honey Brook Borough Concerts in the Park Series, which is now in its fourth year. Traditionally the concerts had taken place on a plywood platform, under a borrowed tent, with power for the musicians supplied from an array of extension cords.

“After four years of working with tents and a temporary stage, (the Parks and Recreation Committee) had decided that it should take the concerts seriously and request to build a dedicated structure,” she explained. “We want guests to be able to enjoy music from the larger pavilion, and to keep the bands out of the sun and set up on a nice solid surface. We will have (the new pavilion) wired so that the musicians can plug their equipment in without having extension cords running everywhere. There will also be overhead lighting for events that last into the evening.”

She said that her fellow council members all responded positively when she approached them about building the structure. Construction is expected to begin at the end of April and will be completed in May – and ready to go for the 2013 concerts.

“The concert series is something that people really enjoy, and it is a cool, free, family friendly event that we are very proud of. When it first stared we needed to seek out musicians, and now they are coming to us,” said Jenzano. “It is neat that Honey Brook and the park are getting noticed because of these shows. We have our Main Street revitalization going on, and as we continue to host more events and consistent events at the park we get to showcase off what Honey Brook has to offer.”

The pavilion would be for general use to the public, and not solely for concerts. Its location next to the playground makes it ideal for parents to have a shade while watching their kids play. It would also allow larger or multiple events which require shelter to be held at the park.

The labor for the project is being provided for free from several members of the Honey Brook community, including some with backgrounds in engineering and construction. This means that the only costs that will be incurred for the pavilion are for materials and to have an electrician wire the structure (work which went out to bid). The estimated cost for the project is $5,500 - $6,000 and this amount would come out of the Parks and Recreation coffers.

“We are thrilled to have people who are willing to volunteer their time and abilities to help us build this,” Jenzano said. “It typifies Honey Brook and shows what kind of people we have here.”

The Parks and Recreation Committee have also applied for a Green Region Grant through PECO in the hopes of offsetting the cost of the project by 50 percent. The grant was applied for in December, and if the project is chosen as a recipient, the grant will pay out retroactively, in late spring/early summer.

Upcoming events at Honey Brook Borough Park include:

The Free 2013 Concerts in the Park series - “Drew Nielands & John Grecia” on June 9, 2013 at 5:30-8:00 p.m. “The Well Band” on August 11, from 5:30-8:00 p.m. “Raven Hill Band” on Sept. 8, from 5:00-7:30 p.m. Concert attendees are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets and picnics to the performances. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Bocce Tournaments - May 11, September 14, and November 9. Rain dates will be the following day (Sundays). All tournaments will begin at 9:00 am. Interested participants may call the Borough office at 610-273-2020 to register a team of four. The registration fee is $20 per team. Trophies will be awarded to the top three teams. Refreshments are provided.

Honey Brook Police Department Corn-Hole (bean bag toss) Tournament - June 15, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. All levels of experience are welcome. Registration for teams of 2 will be at 11:00 am prior to the tournament. Registration fee is $10 per team. Prizes will be awarded for the three top winners. A second Corn-Hole tournament will be held on September 21, at 3:00 p.m. Registration will be at 2:00 pm with a registration fee of $10 per team of two.

For more information on these events visit http://www.honeybrookborough.net/Parks-Recreation.html

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