Making a Difference marks two years with Beautex community celebration

3 min read357 views and 171 shares Posted June 22, 2019

The revival of the Beautex playground was recognized last night with a community celebration for the park located at 1219 Van Buren Street in Lebanon.

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The Beautex revival project was a joint effort between the City of Lebanon and local non-profit Making A Difference of Lebanon, PA

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Lebanon City Councilman Cornell Wilson serves as president of Making A Difference of Lebanon, PA, which was also celebrating the second anniversary of its officially becoming anon-profit. The organization had been around for an additional five years before that.

“Over two and a half years ago our organization wanted to take on the project of revitalization of the Beautex,” said Wilson, according to a copy of his prepared remarks shared with LebTown. “We wanted to give back to the children, have a nice and safe park, and to give back to where some of us played as kids.”

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Wilson thanked advocates and supporters including Jose Kulian, who did a master plan for the park, as well as Woodland Contractors, the City, and other volunteers who made the physical transformation a reality.

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Mayor Sherry Capello also spoke at the event.

Although some responded to our first story with safety concerns, it is important to note that eight security cameras have been installed as part of the project. New signs are also going up.

One of the biggest additions to the park is the handball court seen above – believed to be the first in Lebanon County.

The project budget was about $41,000, and as we reported previously, almost every corner of the Beautex has been repaired, restored, and updated.

Read more: Lebanon playground gets new life, adds handball court, celebration planned

Find some additional event photos below. All photos by Will Trostel.

Guests utilizing the newly installed handball court.
Face painting also took place during the event sponsored by the Lebanon Valley Council of the Arts.
Members of Making a Difference of Lebanon County provided hot dogs to guests.
John and Jennifer Bower of Domino’s Pizza participated as a sponsor of the event and gave out pizza to guests.
A bouncehouse was provided for the children to enjoy.
Sharon Zook of Lebanon Valley Council of the Arts taking measurements of a wall which will become a mosaic mural project next month at the park. Watch for a future LebTown article with more information about how your family could participate in this project.
Prizes were giving out to guests during various events happening at the park.
Children enjoying the Easter egg hunt during the event. (Wondering why an Easter egg hunt? Making A Difference had tried to hold it two times earlier this year but it got rained out both dates.)

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  1. I congratulate Cornell Wilson and Making a Difference for making these much needed improvements!

  2. You all failed to thank Marlena for cleaning this park every day. This park is covered in heroine needles, full and empty drug baggies, and trash that she cleans on her own between 5-7 am every morning. Jerks.

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