MIFFLINTOWN - Cedar Springs Community Park is Mifflintown's own little field of dreams. Though the park is completely volunteer operated and funded through local community events, it has continued to grow since it opened in 2006.
"Every community needs a park like this," said Jorge Flores, park committee member. "It's a family place for family events. We have a lot of stuff to do, but we're working on it."
Right now, the park's two soccer fields serve as home to Mifflintown Youth Soccer and the miniature softball field is home to girls softball leagues. However, Committee President Pete Walters has big plans for additions to the park.
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The basketball court is expected to be complete by the end of October and the sand volleyball court will be installed behind it by next spring.
"When everything is volunteer run with a limited budget, things do take more time," Walters said. "But we want to make this a place families can come every day."
The first of many projects set for completion is a hardtop basketball court, funded through a $25,000 grant the park received in 2008. The funding was used to purchase materials, while all construction services were donated. The court will be open for free play by the end of October.
By next spring, a sand volleyball court is scheduled to be installed, as well as the beginnings of a walking trail and full-size baseball field. Walters also plans to add electricity throughout the park next year.
"Everything will be done in phases and as the funding comes in," Walters said. "Our five-year plan also includes bathrooms and a concession stand. The total cost for everything will be around $225,000."
Besides occasional grants, the only funding going into the park comes from the annual Multi-Cultural Festival, organized by Flores. This year's event, held Sept. 21, earned $1,800 for future park projects.
"Any money we earn at the festival goes back into the park," Flores said. "This is the fifth year we've held the festival, but the first time it was at the park. It's a way to make sure people are seeing the park and what we're trying to do here. It also gives us more room to expand the festival."
In an effort to increase park funding, the committee is discussing the possibility of organizing an adult soccer league, adult volleyball league and community kickball tournament.
"We used to have a successful adult soccer league," Walters said. "We were operating with up to six or eight teams at a time, but the work became too much for just me and Jorge. The possibilities are out there, but people have to get involved."
For more information or to volunteer at Cedar Springs Community Park, contact Walters at 363-1434. To make a donation to the park, contact the Fermanagh Township office at 436-8870.