Jackson Township and various dignitaries gathered on Saturday, Oct. 22, to celebrate Sippel Reservoir Park with an official ribbon cutting during the Township’s first-ever Touch-A-Truck Event.
The interactive outdoor family activity celebrated the grand opening of the park and welcomed community members to get an up-close look at trucks and unique vehicles, enjoy food trucks, listen to live music, walk the trails and meet the people who build, protect and serve the community.
Jackson Township Manager Chris Rearick stated, “The township board of supervisors would like to thank those responsible for the ongoing development of Jackson Township’s first community park including Doug Sippel as park sponsor for both monetary contributions and his time and insights into the Park’s construction; Zelienople Borough’s gracious and cooperative efforts with the township in its donation of nearly twenty acres of former reservoir property land; the Butler County commissioners who helped expedite the funding of safer park access through the county’s infrastructure bank and support of grant applications.”
He continued, “We’d also like to thank State Senator Vogel and Representative Marshall for their ongoing support resulting in multiple rounds of Commonwealth funding for the park and related projects; the Jackson Township Community Development Corporation as the township’s 501c3 arm, for their continued support in fundraising and park stewardship, the Buncher Company for the donation of approximately 50,000 cubic yards of clean fill used to fill two of the three reservoirs and SV Soccer North for the ongoing stewardship of the soccer fields. Additionally, we appreciate the Township Public Works Department for the cost savings associated with their ongoing work in the in-house construction of sidewalk, trail and pavilion improvements and Union Realty for the donation of a right of way for a ring road into the park from the Northgate Plaza.”
Jackson Township and the Jackson Township Community Development Corporation (CDC) sponsored the Touch-A-Truck event. The CDC partners with Jackson Township and its neighborhoods and acts as a sponsor and friend of the township’s park system.