Update Issued on Curwensville Revitalization Efforts

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CURWENSVILLE – The Curwensville Area Revitalization Entities (CARE) group has released an update on the efforts of its volunteers.

With the help of the Friends of Curwensville Lake, a $25,000 grant was secured for much-needed renovations to the bathhouse in the campground at the Curwensville Lake Recreation Area.

“The lake [staff] has received countless positive comments and has seen an increase in visitors since the improvements have been made,” stated a news release from CARE.

The students of the Curwensville Area High School, under the leadership of Ron Matchock, have been actively assisting with projects to preserve local history.

More specifically, students were able to preserve a small portion of a 400-year-old red oak tree by building a display that is located inside Irvin Park.  This display will serve as an educational tool for the students, as well as give park visitors a chance to learn some history of the town.

A second project, which is nearing completion and preserving local history as well as beautifying the downtown, is the painting of the tunnel at the entryway into town.

In the CARE news release, it was noted that, “These paintings are designed as postcards that contain local history and give the youth something to be proud of.”

With a grant from Visit Clearfield County, an entryway sign was purchased for the town of Grampian.

“Volunteers worked hard to not only secure the funding, but also to design the sign welcoming visitors,” the news release stated. “This sign has helped to increase town pride and encourage growth in the region.”

Another project that has made an impact to the region is the new www.curwensville.com Web site. It is easy to navigate and gives local citizens and visitors an information source.

As well, there have been countless hours dedicated to a master site plan for Irvin Park. It was noted that nearly 200 citizens participated in a survey to help build a site plan that will allow CARE, Curwensville Borough Council and interested groups to make improvements that will benefit the community.

Lastly, there is significant progress being made on the streetscape project for improvements to the downtown. Some plans were on display at the recent Curwensville Days event at the CARE booth.

Anyone who has ideas or who wants to get involved, CARE wants you as its volunteer. Contact Erin Ammerman 1-800-925-7189 or any member of the CARE team.

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