By Ally Lanasa, Employees Author
(Feb. four, 2021) Berlin resident Tony Weeg is establishing the nonprofit group, We Love Berlin Inc., for city initiatives such because the proposed skate park at Heron Park on Outdated Ocean Metropolis Boulevard and ping pong tables at John Howard Burbage Park on Williams Road.
Weeg has donated the primary $1,000 towards the nonprofit and stated Councilman Troy Purnell has promised him one other $1,000.
Personal donations and grants can even drive the proposed initiatives.
“Primarily, we’d like two concrete pads, we’d like two ping pong tables … and a chain-link fence throughout the entrance on Williams Road, so that individuals don’t get harm working out to hint balls,” Weeg stated concerning the ping pong park.
The estimated value for the preparation and concrete pad, plus the galvanized metal tables is $12,224. Weeg has but to obtain an estimate for the fencing.
He has additionally been involved with the Assateague Coastal Belief to debate a permeable concrete pad and landscaping utilizing native vegetation that may take in water that runs off the pad.
“It’s actually an under-$20,000 embellishment to a park that lots of people can use, and lots of people already play ping pong of their garages on the town,” he stated concerning the park in entrance of the ability plant.
Weeg stated he was impressed by the film “The Tables” concerning the connections a pair of ping pong tables delivered to Bryant Park in New York Metropolis.
“In Bryant Park, these two ping pong tables reworked an space that was riddled with drug addicts and bums and homeless folks and turned it right into a vibrant area that now a neighborhood [has] developed round these tables,” he stated.
He added that he hopes to encourage the identical sense of neighborhood at John Howard Burbage Park in Berlin.
“It’s a novel method to get folks to satisfy one another the place they’re not sitting on their cellphone,” Weeg stated. “They should stroll to the park or bike to the park. They’ve bought to convey a paddle … it’s a great way to get some power out, play for a half-hour after which speak and simply have enjoyable.”
Weeg offered the mockup to Purnell, who suggested him so as to add fencing and rearrange the route of the ping pong tables.
Purnell stated on Monday that he thinks it’s a nice concept, whether or not the tables go at John Howard Burbage Park or one other area on the town.
Mayor Zackery Tyndall stated on Tuesday that he helps the advance of parks and open areas on the town. At the moment, John Howard Burbage Park solely has a bench.
With the park being named after the previous and longest-serving mayor of Berlin, Tyndall hopes to see extra data offered to the general public about Burbage on the park, by means of an interpretive signal
or backyard plaque.
He added that he helps boards and commissions fulfilling their function, and Weeg’s proposal must go earlier than the Parks Fee.
Weeg is predicted to current his ping pong proposal to the Parks Fee at its March 2 assembly.