Univest Becomes Major Sponsor for Souderton Community Park Renovations

Univest members holding sponsorship check in Souderton Park.

Left to right: Betsy Roush, Community Relations Manager, Univest Financial Corporation, Mike Keim, President, Univest Bank & Trust Co., Jeff Schweitzer, President and Chief Executive Officer, Univest Financial Corporation, Leon Moyer, Souderton-Telford Rotary and chair of the Park Renovation Committee, Brian Goshow, President, Souderton Borough Council, and Karla Myers, President, Souderton-Telford Rotary.

Souderton, Pa., August 30, 2021: Univest Financial has stepped forward as a major sponsor for the extensive, six-year renovation and beautification project being completed at Souderton Community Park by the Souderton-Telford Rotary Club and Souderton Borough. Planned upgrades include an adult fitness area and two adjacent playground areas. Univest has committed to donating $100,000 and will serve as the naming sponsor for the playground area for ages 5-12.

Additional renovations, some of which are already in-progress, include the bandshell remodeling and technological improvements, new kitchen and restroom facilities, expanded paved parking, improved lighting, and art walkways.

"We couldn’t be more excited to see Univest come forward as the first major sponsor for the Souderton Community Park. A project of this scope requires support from the community and there have been many who have and are supporters of this project, but Univest is our first major, naming sponsor," said Leon Moyer, Souderton-Telford Rotary and chair of the Park Renovation Committee. "We are hoping that other community businesses will follow the lead of Univest and get involved in this exciting project. The community park is truly one of the centerpieces of this town and a gathering place in our community. With the plans we have in place it will become even more used by Souderton and the surrounding communities."

Jeff Schweitzer, president and CEO of Univest, said, "Univest was founded in Souderton in 1876 so we are especially excited to be serving as a sponsor for the renovations at Souderton Community Park. Making financial contributions to give back to the communities we serve and make them better places to live, work and play is one way we live out our core value of community. We look forward to enjoying the park’s renovations and thank Souderton Borough and Souderton-Telford Rotary for their hard work and dedication to our hometown."

About Univest Financial Corporation
Univest Financial Corporation (UVSP), including its wholly-owned subsidiary Univest Bank and Trust Co., Member FDIC, has approximately $6.4 billion in assets and $4.5 billion in assets under management and supervision through its Wealth Management lines of business at June 30, 2021. Headquartered in Souderton, Pa. and founded in 1876, the Corporation and its subsidiaries provide a full range of financial solutions for individuals, businesses, municipalities and nonprofit organizations primarily in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Univest delivers these services through a network of more than 50 offices in southeastern and central Pennsylvania as well as in New Jersey, Maryland and online at www.univest.net.

About the Souderton Community Park Renovation
Visit: www.soudertonpark.org or www.souderton-telfordrotary.com.

Souderton Park Grant

We are excited to announce that the Souderton Community Park has received a $225,000 grant. The grant was awarded by Pennsylvania’s Community Conservation Program, which is administered by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

This grant will be utilized to partially fund some of many renovations currently being done at the park, including new pedestrian walkways, fitness and playground equipment, ADA access points, landscaping, signage, and more.

Marcus Rosenberger Dedication

Marcus L. Rosenberger is being honored for his tireless work and dedication to the Souderton Concert Sundaes Program.

Rosenberger has been involved with the bandshell since its inception in 1980, and was very active in the Concert Sundaes Committee, which he led for 25 years. Rosenberger has been an active member of the Souderton-Telford Rotary for 50 years.

In recognition of his service, the Concert Sundaes lawn by the bandshell will now be called the Marcus L. Rosenberger Lawn. There will be a plaque and small monument with some decorative landscaping to commemorate the area.

The formal dedication ceremony will be during the 2021 Concert Sundaes Series. Look for more details in the coming months.

Renovation Update

It was a busy Fall at the Souderton Community Park. If you have reviewed the plans, then you know there is a tremendous amount of work that will be done over the next few years.

Here are some of the construction highlights that took place over the past few months:

• Painting of the bandshell
• Upgrading the bandshell lighting
• Replace the slate cap on the wall surrounding the bandshell
• Tree removal
• Excavating and drainage
• Landscaping in front of the bandshell

We look forward to 2021 and seeing more progress next Spring.

Bandshell painting
Tree removal Landscaping

Charles Allebach Pocket Park

On June 16, 2019, the Pocket Park area of the Souderton Park was dedicated and renamed the Charles H. Allebach, Jr. Park. This is the far corner of the park, on the corner of Main Street and Reliance Road, where the town clock stands.

Charles Allebach who passed away in 2017, was mayor of Souderton for 37 years. He was a member of the Souderton-Telford Rotary Club for 48 years and a dedicated community servant.

Allebach was also one of the key founders of Concert Sundaes in the park.

Charles H. Allebach dedication Dedication ceremony

Groundbreaking

On June 16, 2019, we officially broke ground on the new Souderton Community Park Renovations.

The Souderton Community Park is the largest and most active park in the Souderton Borough featuring Concert Sundaes, a variety of community events, picnics in the pavilion, and daily use of the playground and walking paths.

This is a long-term improvement that is kicking-off today. Excavating is planned to begin this fall and go into spring.

groundbreaking ceremony

Marc Rosenberger

At the Aug. 4 Concert Sundaes in the park, Leon Moyer, the Rotary's Park Project chair, announced that the Concert Sundaes lawn is being dedicated to Marcus Rosenberger.

Marc was one of the founding members of Concert Sundaes and led the committee for 25 years—and continues to be involved in now its 33rd year.

Marc has also been a Souderton-Telford Rotarian for 50 years. During this amazing time of service, he contributed to many improvements within the Souderton Community. He worked with other Rotarians to develop, construct and raise funds for the Maurice W. Foulke Bandshell at the Souderton Park.

Marc Rosenberger Marc Rosenberger