Groundbreaking celebrates progress in Coal Township

SHAMOKIN – Let the construction begin!  A groundbreaking was held at the Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area Authority Friday.

Jim Backes is chairman of the AOAA Authority.  He said Friday celebrated the progress that has been made so far and kicked off the upcoming construction.  “The contractor has around 90 days, so we believe in a September-October time period they will be handing the keys over to us for the new building,” he said.  “It’s a 3,000-square-foot administration building and garage area.  There’s a paved parking area.  There will be an access road in from Route 125, and then there will be parking for up to 250 vehicles”

Senator John Gordner (R-27th, Berwick), Representative Kurt Masser (R-107th, Elysburg), county commissioners, authority members, the secretary of DCNR and Coal Township Commissioners were all present at the groundbreaking.

Backes said, “We invited a lot of the people that helped to bring us to this point. Many people played a vital role in planning and developing this project.”

Once the process is complete, the Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area will allow all-terrain vehicle riding, hiking, biking and horseback riding.

The groundbreaking took place at 3:00p.m. at the trailhead at 4100 State Route 125, Coal Township. (Codi Jade)