Hundreds Expected for Palmer Kiwanis Youth Center Groundbreaking

Years of hope and planning will culminate with an excavator hitting the ground later this week in Palmer Township.

That’s when groundbreaking is scheduled for the Palmer Kiwanis Youth Center.

The project will replace the youth sports field that was built in the 1960s, according to Palmer Township Supervisors Chairman Dave Colver.

“We’ve been working on it for about two years,” Colver said. Although it helps raise funds, it is not a township project. Costs of $1-1.2 million will be privately raised.

Colver said there will be 300 spaces for the groundbreaking Palmer Youth Sports Complex program between the Charles Chrin Community Center and the future Palmer Elementary School. However, he expects there to be up to 500 for the program.

The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 30. Speeches begin at noon and the program will conclude at 2 p.m. The rainy date is Sunday, October 31.

He said firefighters, police and suburban EMS will be on the scene. There will be a flag football game and demonstrations by the Palmer Township Cheerleaders. Coaches who were there when the original lodge was built will also speak.

There are not enough parking spaces on site, so attendees are encouraged to park at the community center. A shuttle will make the round trip between the grounds of the community center and the construction site of the first stone between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The center will be named Palmer Kiwanis Youth Center after Kiwanis agreed to donate $150,000, Colver said. He said the Palmer Business, Industry and Professional partnership donated $100,000.

Pidcock Engineering, which provides engineering services for the township, will carry out the engineering free of charge. Les Entreprises Charles Chrin will take care of the demolition and earthworks free of charge. Colver’s construction company will provide general contracting services free of charge.

The township will provide the infrastructure for water, sewer, gas and electricity. Once the project is completed, the building will be donated to the municipality

The demolition of the old country house is scheduled for the first week of November.

This country house built in the 1960s will be demolished to make way for the Palmer Kiwanis Youth Center.Rudy Miller | For lehighvalleylive.com

The youth center at 3052 Green Pond Road is scheduled to open in August 2022, in time for the new football and cheerleading seasons.

The youth center will have changing rooms and equipment for youth sports teams as well as space for civic groups such as scouts and senior citizens groups.

To donate to the center, send a check payable to Palmer Youth Center Project to Palmer Youth Center Project, c/o Charles Romfo, 87 Jonathan Drive, Palmer, PA 18045.

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