Those playing baseball or tennis ball cricket at Boot Road Park can now enjoy some shade between innings! On Thursday, June 17th, West Whiteland Township officials gathered for the dedication of the new dugout roofs at Boot Road Park.
West Whiteland Township was awarded a Shade Structure Grant from the American Academy of Dermatology (“AAD”). The grant went towards the permanent shade structure that was built over the dugouts at the baseball diamond providing relief from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays.
The American Association of Dermatologist's Shade Structure Grant Program awards grants of up to $8,000 to public schools and non-profit organizations for installing permanent shade structures for outdoor locations that are not protected from the sun, such as playgrounds, pools, or recreation spaces. In addition to the grant, the AAD also provides a permanent sign for display near the shade structure.
Brian Dakin, Chair of the West Whiteland Township Public Services Commission, coordinated the grant application while working in unison with West Chester dermatologist Michael Damiano, MD, FAAD, a member of the AAD, who sponsored West Whiteland’s grant application. Rajesh Kumbhardare, Chair of the Township’s Board of Supervisors, said, “The Township is fortunate for volunteers like Brian and Dr. Damiano who are dedicated to working towards advancing our park and open space goals while making West Whiteland a great place to work, live and play.”
Supervisor Joshua Anderson reiterated the Township parks and open space goals which include:
- Providing community gathering places
- Connectivity – making it feasible for residents to walk to and from nearby neighborhoods, parks and trails
- Incorporate passive use and active recreation facilities while protecting the wildlife habitats and preserving the natural character of the parks
According to Theresa Santalucia, West Whiteland Township Supervisor, “We are so incredibly grateful for the dugout roofs to help protect our kids and adults from the sun’s harmful rays.”
Enjoy your summer in the parks!
From left to right: Supervisor Rajesh Kumbhardare, Dr. Michael Damiano, Supervisors Theresa Santalucia and Joshua Anderson, Brian Dakin