Dauphin County Heroes Grove Phase II Construction Set for Fall 2020

Dauphin County Heroes Grove, a tribute to those who serve, is located in Brightbill Park in Lower Paxton Township adjacent to the Friendship Community Center. The amphitheater honors veterans, emergency responders, law enforcement personnel, educators and ordinary citizens who have demonstrated their dedication to our communities, the commonwealth and the nation.

It is a venue for many community events including WHP’s annual Salute to the Troops, Veterans’ Day ceremonies, outdoor concerts and films – and even a wedding!

The first phase of Dauphin County Heroes Grove was completed several years ago and includes seating, the stage area, flag poles and walkways. The Heroes Grove Committee has completed fundraising for Phase II of the project with construction expected to begin later this year.

Phase II, with an estimated cost of $562,000 will include a stage roof, stage lighting, storage/equipment room, additional flag poles, installation of steps from a nearby shopping center to the stage, a ramp access drive to the stage, and signage improvements.

The funding package for Phase II consists of $8,000 raised by Heroes Fund, Inc., a $50,000 Dauphin County Economic Development Tourism grant, a 2017 Dauphin County Local Share Gaming Grant in the amount of $70,000, a CFA Greenways Trails and Recreation grant of $220,000 and a 2018 Dauphin County Local Share Gaming Grant of $225,000.

Efforts are now underway to secure funding for Phase III of the Dauphin County Heroes Grove project. Phase III will involve the construction of a welcome building with restrooms and a concession stand, and playground improvements to Brightbill Park.

To date, $335,000 of the estimated $500,000 needed for Phase III has been secured including $90,000 from Lower Paxton Township as the local share for playground upgrades, a CFA Greenways Trails and Recreation grant of $200,000, and a $45,000 2018 gaming grant.

“Heroes Grove has been enthusiastically received by the citizens of Dauphin County,” said Vince Pinizzotto, President of the Heroes Grove Committee. “But our job is not yet done as we need to undertake construction of Phase II, and secure the balance of the funding needed for Phase III.”

Engraved pavers remain available for those who are wanting to give a lasting gift to a friend or loved one. Pavers are available in two sizes 12” X 12” at a cost of $250.00 which includes up to six lines of inscription, and a 4” X 8” paver at a cost of $100.00 with up to three lines of inscription. In addition to pavers, naming rights and areas with larger inscription are available for those who make bigger donations.

Complete information on purchasing a paver and/or contributing to Heroes Grove can be obtained at www.heroesgrove.org and clicking on the “We Need Your Help” tab. A PDF form needed to purchase a paver is also available at that spot on the web.

Contributions can be made payable to Heroes Fund, Inc., (P.O. Box # 126456, Harrisburg, PA 17112), which is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Contributions are deductible as a charitable contribution.