ice rink, pickle ball, swings coming soon to Erie
There is activity on all sides of Griswold Park in Erie.
Union Station, headquarters of Logistics More and the brewery house at Union Station, is fully occupied on the south side. The old post office is now office space and just down the block from 13th Street, Erie businessman Pete Zaphiris plans to transform the old Metropolitan Dance Club.
But “not much is happening at Griswold Park,” said Jim Berlin, founder and CEO of Logistics Plus.
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It’s about to change.
Great Lakes Insurance Services, owned by Zaphiris, announced that a group of local business owners and professionals are working with the city to rename and reinvent what will be known as Station Square Ltd.
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According to the Great Lakes, the park will have a synthetic ice rink, pickleball courts, musical swings and a new fountain with lighting.
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Berlin, which contributed $ 100,000 to the project, said the idea began with a quest to find activity space for the 135 employees at his Erie-based company. It quickly grew, he said, to create a space that the audience could use.
“It’s a great idea and I think it has caught on,” Berlin said. “There’s so much going on in the downtown Erie Insurance neighborhood, but not so much in our part of the country.
The work should start this summer
Zaphiris, who will cover much of the construction costs for the project, said the group hopes to start work by mid-July and will do much of the work over the next 45 days.
Zaphiris credits Berlin with the original idea, but said a long list of companies are involved, including Rick Griffith Properties, Kellar’s: A Modern Magic & Comedy Club, Erie News Now, Sisinni Legal, Urban Engineers and The Brewerie At Union Station.
Zaphiris said the group is eager to do for the neighborhood what Erie Downtown Development Corp. made for the neighborhood around Perry Square.
“It’s underused,” Zaphiris said of the park. “With what EDDC is doing downtown, our goal is to activate this space and make it a lively and family space.”
One of the highlights will be the purchase of musical swings from a Montreal company.
“The more you swing, the more music you make,” Zaphiris said. “Each swing is turned to a different note.”
Tina Mengine, who advised the group as CEO of Erie County Redevelopment Corp., is excited about the prospect of new business outside her office window at the old Griswold Post Office.
“All the neighbors are excited about this,” she said. “I think that’s a great idea. It’s a park that isn’t used a lot and that part of town doesn’t get a lot of attention. I think there are a lot of cool things going on. will attract people. “
For more information on the park, visit eriess.com