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Biddle Mission Park
The East Side Neighbors Association and the Carlisle Area Sertoma Club held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for park improvements at Biddle Mission Park on North Street in Carlisle as part of the annual Community Day on Saturday, June 19. Pictured in the foreground from left are Doug Gale, president of the Carlisle Area Sertoma Club; Curtis Hetrick, president of the East Side Neighbors Association; and Mayor Kirk Wilson.

It was all about the park Saturday as two Carlisle organizations came together to celebrate and raise money for Biddle Mission Park.

During the morning and into the early hours of the afternoon, the East Side Neighbors Association (ESNA) held its second annual community yard sale at the parking lot of Carlisle Alliance Church. Running almost concurrently, the Carlisle Area Sertoma Club hosted its second Community Day at the East North Street park.

Money raised through the purchase of vendor space during the yard sale benefitted a project to revamp the park.

Traditionally, a number of ESNA members who sell items during the yard sale also donate all or part of the profits to the project.

ESNA members, Sertoma members and borough officials took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Officially, construction of the park project is expected to begin in spring 2011.

Plans for the park include a 5-foot-wide, nearly half-mile-long, crushed-stone walking path that would run the perimeter of the park; parking lots at the Carlisle Area Sertoma Club building on East North Street and at Penn Street; park benches; three dog waste plastic baggie dispensers; and landscaping improvements.

So far, Giant Foods has donated two park benches made of recycled materials to ESNA.

The cost of the project, which is being funded by donations, is roughly estimated between $25,000 and $30,000.

Join up

ESNA is always looking for new members. For more information about the association, or to join, call Curtis Hetrick, association president, at 243-6669.

For more information about the local Sertoma Club, or to join, check out

To make a contribution to the park project, contact Deb Fulham-Winston, manager of the borough's Elm Street Program, at 245-2648.


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