Indiana Borough Welcomes new Manager
1/4/2017 – Mr. Brad Gotshall has been hired as Indiana’s new Borough Manager. Mr. Gotshall, formerly of Frackville, Schuylkill County, was the Manager of Red Hill Borough in Northern Montgomery County. Mr. Gotshall was elected to Frackville’s seven-member Borough Council. He helped implement curbside recycling in Frackville while a member of that Council’s Solid Waste Committee and negotiated a police contract for Frackville while on Council’s Personnel Committee. He is a graduate of Penn State University with a degree in public policy and is succeeding Mr. William Sutton, who has been serving as both Manager and Police Chief since November 2012. Mr. Sutton will continue as Police Chief for the Borough.
257 communities exhibiting Playability is recognized as part of 2016 Playful City USA Program
Indiana Borough has been honored with a 2016 Playful City USA designation for the fourth time. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the national recognition program honors cities and towns across the country for making their cities more playable. The Community is involved in several initiatives which focus on sustainable living and the rebuilding of our neighborhood parks. The Borough in partnership with the County, IUP, and White Township are working together on a Multimodal Bikeway. The intent is to connect our Downtown Business District, University, and neighborhood schools with our parks. Also in 2014 and 2015, Playful Indiana was fortunate to receive funding from KaBOOM! to rebuild the old playground equipment in two neighborhood parks. Additionally and most recently, the Community is involved in a Walk Works program to encourage both adults and children to stay active in an easy and fun way.
“Now is the time to accelerate the playability movement, and we need your help. Join us in celebrating our successes and show your support for play as we continue to work towards creating a brighter, playable future for Indiana”.
Communities across the country are creating innovative ways to bring back play and attract residents through family friendly activities. Interactive sidewalk art, designated play spaces on trails, and the transformation of schoolyards into active play areas are just a few examples of how cities are becoming more playful.
“We are thrilled to recognize these communities that have invested their time and efforts to put kids first,” said KaBOOM! CEO James Siegal. “Balanced and active play is crucial to the well-being of kids and the communities that they thrive in. By integrating play into cities, the leaders of Playful Cities USA are working to attract and retain the thousands of families that want homes in close proximity to safe places to play.”
To learn more about these cities, see the full list of the 257 communities named as 2016 Playful City USA honorees, or to gather more information on the Playful City USA program, visit www.playfulcityusa.org. We also encourage you to take part in the conversation on #playability with these thought leaders on Twitter and Facebook.
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