South Union Township will apply for a $250,000 grant from the state Department of Community and Economic Development for renovations to a 16,000-square-foot warehouse to create a multi-use indoor field and establish a trailhead for the Sheepskin Trail.

The supervisors approved a resolution authorizing application for funding, a Greenways, Trails, and Recreation Program grant at their meeting Wednesday. It’s a similar grant to the one the township has applied for from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. According to Supervisor Robert Schiffbauer, the grant could be used toward matching funds required for other grants like the one from DCNR. Most recreation grants, Schiffbauer said, require a local match for funds.

The project is a portion of a larger recreational enhancement plan in the township that encompassed not only this facility, but the trail and other recreational facilities in the township.

The warehouse, which was acquired from O.C. Cluss in 2018, will be renovated in phases while supervisors apply for the funding needed for the overall project.

In addition, work is continuing on the new dog park, located adjacent to the Sheepskin Trail. According to Maxine Maximo-Legros, the township has received a Lowe’s Heroes grant for some of the work, including new agility equipment for the park. The area is currently closed off to the public while grass reseeding work is completed.

“It’s going to be a beautiful park for our canines,” said Maximo-Legros, who manages the township's sewage department.

Although the tentative opening date was originally set for June 1, Maximo-Legros now believes July 1 is more realistic based on the amount of work still outstanding. A grand opening will be planned later this summer, she said.

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