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Salisbury Twp Commissioners approve plan to install batting cages in time for spring sports

By Laura Shingles, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: Mar 14 2013 10:38:38 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 15 2013 07:41:14 AM CDT
SALISBURY TWP., Pa. -

Two permanent batting tunnels will open at Salisbury’s Lindberg Park this spring thanks to a successful proposal to accelerate installation of the cages.

The batting cages were slated for phase three of a larger plan to improve Lindberg Park, but, as Mark Wilson of the Hamilton Park Athletic Association explained, the resources needed to construct the cages are readily available as a result of fundraising and volunteer efforts.

“We’re in a position now where we can actually fund this,” he said. 

 The HPAA will purchase, install, maintain, dismantle, and store the cages at no cost to the township.

 The cages will be available for public use, as well as for youth baseball and softball programs using the park.

“More people will be able to take advantage of it. It’s not just for our baseball and softball programs,” he said. “It just provides another option for the residents of Salisbury to use the park.”

HPAA expects to unveil the tunnels on April 8.

Toward the end of Thursday’s meeting, discussion turned to Allentown’s water and sewer lease. After a member of the public suggested the board draft a resolution opposing the city’s plan, Commissioner Joanne Ackerman wondered how a lease would affect the township’s service agreement with Allentown.

Though the contract specifies it is to last in perpetuity, Ackerman still requested the township manager and solicitor speak with the City of Allentown to ensure the township’s contract remains intact.