A youth sports complex in Lackawanna County received a major facelift thanks to the employees of Mericle Commercial Real Estate Services.

The company’s 3rd Annual “Mericle Makes a Difference Day” was held on Saturday May 7th from 7:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Jessup Youth Sports Complex, Jessup.

The project was part of Mericle’s “Lend-A-Hand” program, which has supplemented the Jessup Youth Sports Association (JYSA) and Carbino Club’s fundraising efforts to restore the complex after it was struck by a tornado on November 17, 2010.

Work began last week at the park which is located at 1 Moosic Lake Road in Jessup and concluded this past Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Mericle Senior Vice President Bryan McManus, served as project coordinator, said the company donated labor, materials and equipment needed to complete a variety of improvements on May 7th. Mericle employees installed new signage at the entrance to the field as well as remulched and landscaped picnic areas and tree beds. Signficant safety improvements were made in the following areas: the infield on the softball field was completely redone to ensure a level playing surface, a new driveway entrance into the complex provides better access to the concession stand, and the parking area was re-graded and improved with wheel stops to create more spaces and ensure safety.

Al Guari, a Mericle employee and former JYSA Board Member, said the JYSA and Carbino Club assisted with raking, weeding, painting, planting, and general clean up. “Mericle was ready to lend a hand to ensure the park was not only completely restored but made even better,” said Guari. “We think the experience was be truly rewarding to all involved.”

Mr. McManus thanked Jessup Borough officials for their help with the project as well as the JYSA and Carbino Club volunteers.

Mericle Commercial Real Estate Services, founded by Robert Mericle, has provided commercial real estate solutions to companies in Northeastern and North Central Pennsylvania for more than 30 years. Mericle is a developer of investment grade industrial, office, flex, and medical space and ReadyToGo!™ Sites. More than 13,400 people work in the buildings Mericle has developed.

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