Chartiers Park Ball Fields To Be Rededicated
Bridgeville will rename the two ball fields at the park after two local men who helped build them.
The diligent work by a Chartiers Valley High School senior and her family will honor two Bridgeville men for their work in helping to build Chartiers Park.
Bridgeville Councilman Jason Sarasnick said the borough’s parks and recreation board agreed to rededicate the two ball fields in the park after the two men who were instrumental in building them.
The larger field known as Chartiers 2 will be named after Ed Schneider, a World War II veteran who was one of several local men to develop Chartiers Park in the late 1970s. The smaller ball field known as Chartiers 1 will be named for Joe Deco, who was a member of the local Kiwanis Club at the time.
Both fields were previously named after the men until heavy flooding in 2004 heavily damaged the park, Sarasnick said.
But it was the work of student Bethany Lakus, who in March suggested the borough name the entire park after Schneider as a way to thank him for his service to his country and town. She petitioned the borough council and offered to raise money for the initiative as part of her senior project.
Bethany couldn’t be at Monday night’s borough council meeting when Sarasnick announced the decision, but her father, Joel Lakus, spoke on her behalf.
“We were trying to think of an important senior project that would recognize an important person in the community,” he said.
Sarasnick said her suggestion for a sign at the top of the park was thoughtful, but would not be seen by many pulling into the park. He hoped rededicating the fields–along with a plaque naming the numerous others who helped build the park–would be a better way to honor the “founding fathers” of Chartiers Park.
“There were so many people who dedicated their time to Chartiers Park from the beginning,” Sarasnick said, pointing to old newspaper clipping brought to him by resident Deb Colosimo.
Sarasnick said he hoped the new field signs and plaque would be installed before the end of the summer.
Also during the meeting…
- The borough council agreed to install a four-way stop at McMillen Street and Dewey Avenue near the entrance to the Bridgeville Public Library. It’s not known when the new stop signs will be installed.
- Bridgeville police Chief Chad King said they’re continuing to have issues with “sick” raccoons, but they were able to capture one and send it to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to be studied.