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December 21, 2014
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Improvements continue at Shohola Park

Rohman Park in Shohola Township is open for the season.
TRR photo by Fritz Mayer


SHOHOLA TOWNSHIP, PA — Over the past several years, Rohman Park has been transformed from a bare patch of ground to a recreation center with something for everyone. Improvements and additions are being made every season and more are in the works. The project has been completely community based, with all monies obtained from grants and local contributions, and a significant number of volunteer hours provided in all aspects of its development.

The wooden train was constructed fully via volunteer time and materials two winters ago. More recently, Robert Schmidt volunteered the use of his excavator and services for four full days to install the newest addition to the playground. This structure, which is unique to the area and is home of the longest slide in Pike County, has received rave reviews from area children.

Among the other individuals who donated large amounts of their own time to complete this project were David Myer, John Graber and Steve Knapp. Members of the park commission, Jenni Hamill, Bernadette Knapp and Diana Blume, obtained funds and organized the work that went into all the play equipment, the new pavilion and the exercise path that runs along the edge of the park. It is expected that the path will be paved in the next phase of construction next year. The land for park was donated by longtime resident Anna Rohman.

In other news discussed at the township meeting in May, the supervisors continued to seek bids for a roof on the equipment shed located on Lackawaxen Road. Initial estimates should include the removal and replacement of the entire steel roof, including any insulation that might be required underneath. Bidders should ontact the municipal building for further information if interested in this project.

The township is also continuing its work in improving the local roads. Residents are reminded the Twin Lakes Road and State Route 434, while in dire need of improvement, are not under the township’s jurisdiction. All complaints regarding the state of these roads should be addressed to PennDot. Reports of significant damage to vehicles directly due to the disrepair of these roads have been reported.

On the slate for the township are improvements to both Shohola Falls Road and Little Walker Road. Budget considerations will be the deciding factor in how much of these roads can be replaced and whether these improvements will be paved or gravel. In particular, Shohola Falls Road is in considerable disrepair and would require over $100,000 for full replacement. Parker’s Glen Road is also in need of improvement, but the review board was uncomfortable with the changes initially proposed. The issue is still under consideration.