Getting ready to power up
HUGHESVILLE – Lime Bluff Park in Wolf Township is getting another big addition to the park. Last week a crew from PPL was installing underground utility lines that will allow the park to access electricity for its many visiting patrons.
Project manager, Tom Zavalydriga said close to 900 feet of feed lines were laid down to deliver electricity from the main sub-station located at the foot of the park entrance. Transmission lines were added to come in at 440 volts and also allow for future expansion.
The project was in the planning for over three years and the East Lycoming Recreation Board was able to achieve its completion due to some grants through the Pennsylvania Lions Club and the Lycoming County Department of Planning. “It was a $40,000 project,” said Zavalydriga.
Starting this September and working two and a half days a week, students from the Pennsylvania College of Technology will install the lines up to the pavilion. “This will be practical experience for the students.” They also will install lighting and receptacles. The drafting department helped with the technical drawings in order to meet codes inspections.
The trenches for the feed lines were all dug up by volunteers, mostly from the Picture Rocks Lions Club.
“This is a two phase project,” Zavalydriga announced. “First we get power into the park, and then we get it to the three pavilions.”
Last year a well was drilled and installed to water the flowers. “This was also part of an on-going project,” he said.
The 60 acre park is used by many in the community. The disc golf club members of the “Wind Wizards” also volunteered their help to dig the trenches. Power will lead right up to the maintenance building.
“We are hoping to have the electricity up and running completely by the end of September for the public,” added Zavalydriga. Family groups and reunions can use the facility and hook up crock pots, coffee pots or any other electric device needed.
The park gets usage from many church and softball leagues. Last spring a boy scout camporee was held bringing in more than 300 for the event.
There is a multi-purpose field and the pavilions are always available according to Zavalydriga. Also take advantage of the walking trails, take note of the Audubon bird sanctuary and the children’s pre-school area.
“At the end of the school year, many grades like to come and have picnics here.”
To make reservations, contact Melanie McCoy at the Wolf Township office. Lime Bluff park is open from sunrise to sunset.