Perkasie Borough has been awarded a $200,000 grant towards the cost of planned renovations at Perkasie's historic Kulp Park baseball field. The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources awarded the Community Conservation Partnerships Program grant after reviewing an application that represented broad community support.
Mayor Hollenbach, Perkasie Borough Council, Pennridge Little League, Pennridge Legion, Pennridge School District, Pennridge Yellowjackets, PA Senator Coleman, and State Representative Labs all had input and voiced support for the application.
Perkasie Borough is waiting on a decision from the PA Department of Community & Economic Development for our application under their Greenways, Trails, and Recreation Program. If successful, the award would add $250,000 to the park improvement budget.
The Kulp Park baseball field and its historic grandstands were built by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) Program in the 1930s. The project will include:
- Rehabilitation of the existing baseball field to correct outdated dirt infield and poor drainage issues.
- Installation of a new backstop, install and align with new backstop first base fencing with pedestrian gate, install and align third base fencing with pedestrian gate, add fly ball safety netting along first baseline.
- Replace outdated field lighting with energy efficient and appropriate lighting for baseball and multi-sport uses.
- Add two ADA van accessible parking spaces and replace the curb and ramp along Second Street.
- Construct an accessible path from the ADA parking spaces to the baseball field and dugouts
"This is great news that the Borough staff was able to secure the first grant toward the updating and refurbishing of the Kulp Park Baseball Field. The field holds many fond memories in the minds of the community, and with these funds, we can look forward to improving the historical gem we have for future layers and Pennridge teams" says Councilman Dave Worthington.
The total cost of the project is estimated at $890,000. Borough staff are working to raise 100% through grant funding.