Carlisle Kiwanis Club Funds Fort LeTort Assessment

In honor of their 100th anniversary, the Carlisle Kiwanis Club looks to improve the Fort LeTort playground area at LeTort Park.

 The Carlisle Kiwanis Club is approaching its 100th anniversary and wishes to mark the occasion by performing a community project at LeTort Park. The service organization, chartered in 1920, places a special emphasis on bettering the lives of children and youth in the community.

The Carlisle Kiwanis Club chose LeTort Park and the Fort LeTort play area for their community project because they actually helped the Borough purchase land for the park in 1953. Built in 1993, the wooden play structure is starting to show its age. The club wants to ensure the playground is up to today’s safety and accessibility standards.

Carlisle Kiwanis Club President Robert Sigrist said, “Fort LeTort is a well-used and well-loved jewel in Carlisle.  The Carlisle Kiwanis Club wants to preserve this Carlisle treasure for future generations.”

The project, in coordination with Carlisle Parks and Recreation, will begin with an assessment of the structure funded by the Kiwanis Club. A Certified Playground Safety Inspector from Leathers & Associates will perform a physical inspection of the playground and evaluate the safety conditions, accessibility levels, and overall condition of the structure.  The assessment and following report will provide a framework to determine the best option for the refurbishment of Fort LeTort.  The goal of the project is to provide a safe play structure, reduce long-term maintenance costs and to continue to maintain Fort LeTort for years to come.

Sharon Wilson, who spearhead the effort to build Fort LeTort in 1993 is serving as a consultant for the revitalization process.  According to Parks and Recreation Director Andrea Crouse, “Sharon’s help and past knowledge of the project is invaluable.  On behalf of Carlisle Parks and Recreation, we thank Sharon and Bob and Nancy Sigrist for the time they have  dedicated to this project to date.”

In addition to funding the assessment, the Carlisle Kiwanis Club wishes to raise money to perform the necessary improvements to Fort LeTort. They plan to spearhead fundraising opportunities with fellow community organizations.