NEIGHBORHOOD PARKS, PLAYGROUNDS, & RECREATION
RESTORING COMMUNITY PRIDE

Recognizing that family time is very important, Mayor Cusat set out to revitalize all the parks and playgrounds to give children a safe place to play with friends, a quality facility to practice sports and learn the values of being a teammate, and to offer families an enjoyable place to spend time together. Nearly every recreational property has been improved.

ALTMILLER PARK

DCNR $ 115,000.00

In-Kind services $ 45,000.00

ARTHUR STREET PLAYGROUND

Picnic tables and benches installed by

The Mayor Cusat Hazleton Revitalization Fund

Rides and basketball court were refurbished, flowers and mulch was added, and additional tables and seating area were added by the employees of Lowe’s

BEECH STREET PLAYGROUND

Picnic tables installed by

The Mayor Cusat Hazleton Revitalization Fund

(Tennis courts replaced in 2019)

Wal-Mart Frackville Distribution Center

Donation from Cargill $ 11,000.00

CDBG $ 25,000.00

Grant $ 4,400.00

COLUMBUS PLAYGROUND

Painted and refinished rides by the Restored Church

EAST END PLAYGROUND

Replacement of all swing sets and rides

Picnic tables installed by

The Mayor Cusat Hazleton Revitalization Fund

DCNR $ 50,000.00 (2015)

JAMES STREET PLAYGROUND

Picnic tables installed by

The Mayor Cusat Hazleton Revitalization Fund

PINE STREET PLAYGROUND

Updated safety lighting

WEST COURT PLAYGROUND

Replaced all swing sets and rides

Picnic tables installed by

The Mayor Cusat Hazleton Revitalization Fund

Valmont Newmark Donation $ 25,000.00

DCNR $ 23,500.00 (2015)

12TH WARD PLAYGROUND

OVERGROWTH REMOVED

(PROJECT PLANNED FOR 2019)

CITY VIEW PARK:

BAILEY’S DOG PARK

BMX TRACK REOPENED

UTILIZED FOR THE INDEPENDENCE DAY

FIREWORK CELEBRATION

(PAVILION AND LIGHTING PLANNED FOR 2019)

$ 118,000.00

(NEW) CENTER CITY PARK

CORNER OF BROAD AND LAUREL STREETS

Greenways, Trails, Recreation $ 115,000.00

Donation and commitment from CanDo $ 65,000.00

LSA $ 150,000.00

DCNR $ 200,000.00

RACP $ 135,000.00

(NEW) PASCO SCHIAVO PARK

CORNER OF CHURCH AND 14TH STREETS

Donation by Pasco Schiavo

Parks & Playgrounds Comprehensive Planning

DCNR $ 47,500.00

LSA $47,500.00

RESTORING COMMUNITY PRIDE

Independence Day Celebrations

Last year’s event drew thousands of spectators to view the annual Independence Day Firework Celebration. Mayor Cusat, wanting to show off one of Hazleton’s hidden gems, decided to move the annual event to The City View Park, a 16-acre facility located on South Poplar Street which is the home of Baily’s Dog Park and the BMX track. The Celebration featured a live BMX race, which drew hundreds of children from neighboring states, an open house at the Dog Park, Live Entertainment from the Cellar Dwellarz and Kartune, children’s games and bounce houses, multiple vendors and food trucks. The firework display, which was funded by donations, could be seen from miles away and the corresponding patriotic music was played on local radio 99.1FM.

 

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies

 This past year’s Christmas tree lighting was one of the best community displays in years. The Community came together, volunteering and donating time and money to make the special event come together. It featured Christmas Carolers, the high school marching band, student dancers, free hot chocolate and cookies, a live DJ, and of course a visit from Santa Claus himself. Both trees and decorations were sponsored by the Vito family, and the new Nativity Scene was donated by The Mayor Cusat Hazleton Revitalization Fund.

 

 

 

Mayor Cusat Hazleton Revitalization Project

The picnic table project was started with purchases made by the Mayor Cusat Hazleton Revitalization Fund. Proceeds for this and other projects such as improvements to city hall, the playgrounds, grant applications, sponsorships of city events, and donations to local causes were raised through the annual Mayor’s Cup Golf Tournament, Sales of collectible Challenge Coins, T-shirts, model cars, and private donations.

 

Mayor throws out the first pitch at Citizens Bank Park for Hazleton Day

 

Hazleton wins the Townie Award

 

Getting Healthy while Saving Money

Mayor Cusat organized the Health and Wellness program which is paid for by the insurance company helps reduce premium costs while educating workers.

 

GO Green!!!

The Mayor and other volunteers came together as The City of Hazleton held two (2) Shredding and two (2) Electronic Recycling Events which drew thousands of Hazleton residents. These events not only helped citizens safety dispose of important documents and saved residents from the high expense of properly disposing of electronic devices, it prevented tens of thousands of pounds of trash from being illegally dumped.

 

Hazleton Shreds…………..Hazleton Recycles……………

 

Mayor honors Student Athletes

Student Athletes have been recognized and honored for their hard work and efforts as student athletes. Each student was given a certificate and a challenger coin from the Mayor. The Mayor has seen an increased the amount of children visiting and touring City Hall as he started welcoming students in recognition of their achievements, opened City Hall for meetings with Junior Leadership, and for school visits and class field trips. The challenger coins are purchased by The Mayor Cusat Hazleton Revitalization Fund which is a local 501c3 organization that raises money through the annual Mayor’s Cup Golf Tournament and other fundraisers.

 

Two City Employees received
the Mayor’s Life Saving Award

 

Above and Beyond the Call of Duty

Mayor Cusat who joined and trained with the Diamond Volunteer Fire Company in 2016 has completing hundreds of hours of training and earned 13 certificates for fire training and safety as well as additional in Emergency Management, Code Enforcement, Zoning, and Health.

Seen here in the Standard Speak fighting the fire on Carleton Avenue on July 4th, 2018.