On Centre: Around Philipsburg | Children’s play areas get attention

September 18, 2013 

Philipsburg does not have just one place for children to play.

Cold Stream Dam Recreation Area gets all the attention because it sits there, right out where everyone can see it, with that large body of water and the frothy spillway. But just a few blocks away, it’s got a little brother that draws children, too.

On 13th Street, near the Powerhouse Grounds ballfields, the borough has a second play area for children. Sharon Goss and others are working to make it as much of a showplace as Cold Stream, with new, safer, updated play structures. That is happening with the help of a $60,000 grant from the state Department of Conservation of Natural Resources. Goss said the grant has a $20,000 local match. So far, $16,000 has been raised for the project. A push is now on to finish off that last 20 percent.

On Sept. 26, from 3:30-7 p.m., they will try to get there with a benefit dinner at the Reliance Fire Co. bingo hall. They will serve three kinds of lasagnas: traditional marinara, a garden-fresh vegetarian, and a Polish pierogie. Salads, rolls, desserts and drinks will round out the menu. A spaghetti dinner is available for children.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids, and are available at the borough building, Kephart’s Hardware, and by calling 342-1720. Take outs are available, but if you just grab your noodles and run, you might miss half the fun. A Chinese auction of things like items from St. Louis Cardinals baseball player Matt Adams and Oakland Raiders long snapper Jon Condo, both Philipsburg-Osceola alums, as well as gift certificates, goodie baskets and more, will be held to raise even more money.

Goss said donations are also still being accepted for the playground project.

Lori Falce writes weekly about the Rush Township/Philipsburg area. Send comments to lorifalce@gmail.com

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