Patton Park train track

Mark Stephens shows off the Patton Recreation Park train tracks on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, for his fiancee, Casey Pasternak of DuBois. The two presented a $1,500 check from Friends of Patton Park to Patton Borough for track repairs. 

PATTON – The historic miniature train at Patton Recreation Park will keep chugging along thanks to $1,500 in track upgrades.

Mark Stephens, president of the nonprofit Friends of Patton Park, presented the donation to Mayor Jonathan Welchko during Tuesday’s Borough Council meeting.

“This funding for the train track will enable future generations to enjoy Patton Park’s unique train,” Stephens said. 

“This is the only park around that has a train.”

Stephens came to Tuesday’s meeting with his fiancee, Casey Pasternak, who assisted with the grant writing.

Funds included a $1,000 grant from Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, another $300 from a private donor and $200 from the Friends of Patton Park general fund, Stephens said.

On summer days, the train carries visitors through the pastoral location, circling a tennis court and other features.

The park also includes a swimming pool, playground area and picnic pavilions.

A miniature golf course is being discussed by the Friends of the Patton Park organization, which also donated a handicap-accessible swing, Stephens said.

Randy Griffith is a multimedia reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. He can be reached at 532-5057. Follow him on Twitter @PhotoGriffer57.