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Posted on: October 14, 2021

System of Care Spruces Up B-Ball Courts & More at County Complex

System of Care members with United Way of Lackawanna & Wayne Counties at grant-funded park project.

HONESDALE --The Wayne County System of Care fixed up the basketball court at the county’s Park Street Complex in Honesdale, with the help of a grant from the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties.

SOC Coordinator Dave Hartung said the group, which is focused on improving the child-serving systems in Wayne County, painted the basketball courts and installed new nets, with plans for new signage and a bench and table as well as updating the trash receptacles.

The work represents the first phase in a long-term project to renovate and increase the accessibility of the park for people of all ages and abilities. Eventually, Hartung said SOC partners hope to install all-abilities playground equipment in the park, renovate the Bocce Ball Court and are even working on art for the pedestrian tunnel that leads to Park Street. 

He said they have established a pass through fund at the Wayne County Community Foundation to facilitate donations to the project and have applied for a grant through the foundation.

In the Wayne County System of Care, youth, family and system leaders work together as equal and trusted partners to create sustainable change to empower those involved in youth-serving systems to be responsible and accountable for positive outcomes.

For more information on SOC or the project, call Dave Hartung at 570-493-0915.

Photo ID: Pictured under a new net are from left: back -- Faith Phillips of SOC, Wayne County Human Services Agency Administrator Michelle Valinski, William Craven of United Wayne; center -- Alison Kandrovy of Children & Youth Services, Kim Emmet of Community Vocational Services and Lisa Glover of The Stourbridge Project; front -  Leann Wash of Early Intervention and Joanna Van Tine of NAMI of Northeast PA.

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