Healing garden project moves forward

The healing garden project is moving forward.

Tuesday’s Street Landscape Committee meeting heard from Director of Public Works Mike Holtz and City Planner David Hildebrand on the progress of the healing garden project proposed for Crescent Park. The city has been awarded a DCNR grant of $165,000, which the city will match, said Hildebrand.

The project includes updating the existing trail at Crescent Park, as well as extending it to the Cancer Care Center on Lee St., where it will end in a garden modeled after one that was dedicated in 2015 at UPMC Hamot in Erie.

In addition to resurfacing the trail, and extending it, the project will include addition of some off-street parking near the playground area, updates and improvements to the existing restrooms to make them ADA compliant, and the addition of pathway lighting, said Holtz.

The next steps, Holtz said, will be to get the contract back from the state, at which point the design phase of the project can begin, with an expected beginning date for work being spring of 2019.

Arbor Day celebrations in the City were also discussed, with some ideas for planting, events, and honors to be carried out for this year’s Arbor Day in the city. Members agreed to return to the March meeting with suggestions.

The city is also getting set for spring planting, said Joe Reinke, and they are expecting to have about fifty trees to place within the city. Anyone interested in possibly receiving a tree can contact the Department of Public Works at (814) 723-6300.