Reading Mayor unveils ambitious rehabilitation project for Centre Park

In a groundbreaking held Monday morning, City of Reading Mayor Eddie Moran unveiled plans for the long-awaited reconstruction of Centre Park, a cherished landmark steeped in the history of the community. The groundbreaking ceremony marked the beginning of a transformative journey for the park, with Mayor Moran expressing heartfelt sentiments and laying out a vision for its revitalization.

“Today’s a momentous occasion as we gather here to celebrate the groundbreaking of the much anticipated reconstruction of Centre Park, a cherished landmark that holds a special place in the heart of our community,” Mayor Moran said, setting the tone for the event.

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Beginning his speech, Mayor Moran paused to honor two individuals who had dedicated themselves to the service of the community and the preservation of the park, Jeff Waltman and John Slifko. Their memory, Mayor Moran emphasized, would be woven into the fabric of the park’s future.

“As we begin this transformation, we are not just breaking ground; we are breaking new ground for the future of Centre Park,” highlighting the historical significance of the park, which dates back to 1941.

Detailing the plans for the park’s rehabilitation, Mayor Moran outlined a comprehensive vision aimed at honoring its rich history while ushering in a new era of vitality and sustainability. From decorative retaining walls to refurbished walkways adorned with Pennsylvania blue stone pavers, every aspect of the project was designed to breathe new life into Centre Park. The fountain at the heart of Centre Park will be restored to a Victorian era three tier fountain surrounded by vibrant annual and perennial flowers.

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“We are committed to honoring history while paving the way for the future memories that will be created here,” Mayor Moran said.

Moreover, the Mayor emphasized the city’s commitment to preserving history. Many current park fixtures, including lightning will find a new home at the Centre Park Artifacts Bank.

“This over $1 million investment, funded by the American Rescue Plan and capital improvement, is our collective effort to keep Centre Park a beacon of beauty,” Mayor Moran stated.

In closing, Mayor Moran expressed his unwavering belief in the park and the community it serves, expressing optimism for a brighter future ahead.

“I believe in this park, I believe in this community, I truly believe Reading’s better days are ahead of us,” Mayor Moran said.

With the ceremonial groundbreaking marking the beginning of a new chapter for Centre Park, Mayor Moran invited attendees to join him in ushering in a revitalized era of vibrancy and community engagement.

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