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Upper Macungie's New Community Center Attracts Rentals

The Upper Macungie Recreation Board is considering ways to bring more attention and rentals to the Independent Park Community Center in Breinigsville.

Upper Macungie Township’s new Independent Park Community Center is attracting attention and rentals, says the township recreation board, but more plans are on the horizon.

The township renovated the structure on the 25-acre property and opened the Community Center for rentals in late summer. Rentals include wedding receptions, engagement parties and Sweet 16 parties.

The 1,700-square-foot Community Room can accommodate 100 people and wedding parties up to 75 people. The 690-square-foot Meeting Room can accommodate events for up to 40 people. A catering kitchen also is available for rental.

Township Commissioner Kathy Rader gave the Recreation Board two suggestions recently to bring further attention to the Independent Park Community Center. She suggested a mixer sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce to help draw attention to the facility’s amenities.

Also, Rader said the Recreation Board could consider an event targeting caterers, so that they, too, would become more familiar with the site.

Recreation Board member Andrea Russell agreed that Rader’s suggestions would help “showcase” the facility.

Recreation Board Chairman Richard Kiser agreed, adding, “I think the more people who see it, the better.”

The Independent Park Community Center is at 150 Independent Road in Breinigsville. In addition to the Community Center, there is a 9-hole, par-3 golf course and trail areas.

The Recreation Board also heard a presentation recently from a yoga instructor whose classes could be held in the Community Center after the lower level is renovated by spring 2013.

Stephanie MoDavis, who runs YogaMos with her husband, Christopher, in Bethlehem, told the board that she could handle 20 to 25 people in a yoga session and she could do three to four classes in a day.

“We’re looking for different things to offer to the community,” Kiser said.

The Recreation Board subsequently agreed that it will consider offering yoga classes, but it must still determine how the financing of the classes will work.

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