LOWER SALFORD – Representatives of some of the groups involved in moving playground equipment to its new home near the Harleysville Community Center Pavilion received a thank you July 8 from Harleysville Summer Day Camp.
“Our campers really appreciate the playground. They love it, so they wanted to create thank you cards for everyone involved,” said camp director Joe Kilpatrick.
Campers aren’t the only ones using the playground, however, he and others involved with the playground said. It is open to all members of the community.
“I think it’s great equipment for the township. I am grateful to everyone who brought this here and set it up,” said Lower Salford Township Supervisory Board member Kevin Shelly.
“I’m sure the community will benefit a lot from it,” he said.
Kent Krauss, treasurer of the Harleysville Community Center, highlighted the involvement of the township, a local business and the Rotary Club of Harleysville.
“As this is a community center, what a perfect opportunity for the community to come together and bring a beautiful project to life,” he said.
Julian and Bernadette Hauck, owners of the Genesis Fitness Center, donated the equipment.
“We wanted to pay it back to the community that supported us,” said Julian Hauck.
Genesis started in 1985 and has been in Harleysville since 1997, he said.
The equipment was previously used by Genesis’ Kidz Club, he said.
“We just wanted to pass it on to the community so we could enjoy it,” he said.
The equipment was moved by the township’s public works crew, said public works superintendent Doug Jones.
The Rotary Club of Harleysville Foundation provided $14,000 for equipment and supplies needed to move the playground equipment, said Frank Romano, past president of the Harleysville Rotary Club. This included things like mulch, concrete, a new slide and new hardware, Krauss and Jones said.
The move “also turned into an archaeological dig”, when an ancient buried tennis court was discovered under the site where the playground now stands, Jones said.
“We found bits of asphalt with the scratches on them,” he said. “Just to show, you never know what you’re going to find.”
This is the first year of Harleysville summer camp, but a sister camp has been held in Flourtown for 16 or 17 years, Kilpatrick said.
The camp presents itself as “a traditional day camp with educational leadership”.
Activities include swimming and recreational land activities, sports, music and dancing, Kilpatrick said.
“We’re kind of structured like a school day where they rotate in periods every 40 minutes,” he said.
The camp, for children aged four to 13, lasts eight weeks from June 20 to August 12, he said. In addition to regular camp hours, extended hours are available from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., he said.
Registration is nearly full, but there could be some openings if camp members already registered cancel, he said.