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Owen McVety presents the fundraiser banner for the “Picnic for the Park,” to be held this Sunday, Aug. 17, at State Street Grill, 114 S. State St., Clarks Summit, as a benefit for the Finish Shop Pocket Park, which will be installed on Depot Street directly behind the restaurant. In the back row, holding hand-painted rocks that will serve as park stepping stones, are, from left: Sarah Dawgert, pocket park committee member; Dana Cuff, event planner at State Street Grill; Sara McCully, chef at State Street Grill; Megan Calpin Hughes, pocket park committee member; and Patty Lawler, mayor, Clarks Summit Borough. Diana Lombardi is also a committee member. PHOTO STEPHANIE LONGO

The Finish Shop Pocket Park on Depot Street in Clarks Summit will get a boost toward completion thanks to a fundraiser taking place this weekend.

“Picnic for the Park” will be held on Sunday, Aug. 17, from 4-6 p.m. at State Street Grill, 114 S. State St. Tickets for the event are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and the majority of the proceeds, with the exception of gratuities for serving staff, will benefit the park.

Park committee member Sarah Dawgert conceptualized the idea when she moved back to Clarks Summit after having been away for 20 years and noticing a lack of green space in the downtown area. Pocket parks take parcels of land and transform them into usable space in business districts, giving children and adults an additional chance to enjoy the outdoors.

“The park is not just for kids, it is meant to be a multi-generational, multi-purpose park,” Dawgert said. “It is meant to be a quiet spot when you’re down here in Clarks Summit. We’ve done a lot of talking with people in the community about the park over the past year, more informal conversations. We’re finding out what people are interested in. For example, with the gazebo, people wanted a shady spot or a place to have lunch. We are taking what the community wants into consideration.”

Picnic for the Park will feature standard picnic fare, all donated by State Street Grill, including hot dogs, hamburgers, cold salads and soft drinks. Alcoholic beverages will be available for discounted prices. Included in the ticket price is rock painting for use in the pocket park’s walkway, as well as face painting and other activities.

Phase one of the park’s construction consisted of clearing the parcel of land, which was donated to Clarks Summit Borough by the Maria family, as well as leveling it and constructing a fence. Phase two will include the artistic portion of the park’s design, including layout and amenities.

“With this fundraiser, the community has the chance to come together and help create this park,” Dawgert said. “We’ve gotten grants to help get this off the ground and clear the land and put up the fencing but not we’re moving into the second phase and we need community involvement. Grant money was used to get it prepared. The fundraiser will help us purchase items on our wish list, which will be at the


Dawgert said that part of the park’s charm will be its attention to the whimsical, including a free outdoor library in the shape of a birdhouse donated by the Rotary Club of the Abingtons.

“We want it to be unique to Clarks Summit, we want it to be special,” she said. “We wanted a really nice green space in Clarks Summit. Who wouldn’t want someplace like that? It will allow people to be here longer when they are visiting downtown.”

For more information, visit or call the Clarks Summit Borough Building at 570-587-3026.