Accessible Fishing For All

Over the past few weeks, the Borough has been working with Even Houser, Boy Scout with Troop No. 780 in Gordon, to design and build a new accessible fishing pier in the park along Little Mahanoy Creek. This section of the creek sees sizable amounts of fishermen during the Pennsylvania trout season. It is commonly stocked by the PA Fish & Boat Commission along with the Gordon Fish & Game Protective Association. Part of its popularity is the ease of access to the creek as well as the newly built accessible playground. Although it is easily accessible, the creek’s edge is fairly rocky in most places making it difficult to navigate for people with problems walking. This was the driving force behind the Accessible Fishing Pier. The thought was that fishing should be available to all. There was much discussion over the past few years about the need for a pier but during the past winter, those plans were finalized and work started as soon as the weather cooperated. The project took about 1 1/2 months to complete and cost an estimated $3-4 thousand dollars. Most of the materials and equipment needed were donated which made this project possible. Special thanks goes out to Vought’s Equipment Rental in Elysburg, Kenenitz Construction in Ashland, James W. Quandel & Sons in Minersville, Kennedy Concrete Inc. in Ashland, and Universal Forest Products in Gordon for their generous donations. This project acts as part of the revitalization of the Gordon Park. Last summer the park seen the addition of a new all inclusive playground and swing area. These projects will all be tied together with asphalt pathways tentatively planned for the summer of 2019 and made possible by a grant from the DCED and the Schuylkill County Commissioners. Other upgrades are planned as well such as renewing the look of the basketball court and possible upgrades of the pavilion areas. If you haven’t visited the park in a while, please stop by to check out the upgrades. Remember to bring your children and a fishing pole.

The following was a story on the fishing pier which was covered by Vicki Terwilliger with the Pottsville Republican Herald:

http://www.republicanherald.com/news/scout-design-accessible-fishing-pier-at-gordon-park-1.2478666

Here also is a story done by WNEP:

https://wnep.com/2019/05/06/scout-builds-accessible-fishing-pier-in-schuylkill-county/

 

 

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