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Builder Donates to Pennsylvania- New Jersey Locations


Elite Outdoor Structures, in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, has been providing Pennsylvania and New Jersey areas with quality outdoor structures and installation for many years, according to the company.

The company says it was integral to the finalization of the Perkasie Dog Park in Perkasie, Pennsylvania, with a donated shed.

The Perkasie Dog Park opened back in May 2011 and was worked on by the Perkasie Dog Owners Group Inc. for six years. This nonprofit group was able to raise $30,000 for the construction of the project. The efforts of the Dog Owners Group and volunteers from the community allowed the park to be equipped with fences, restrooms, and even dog water fountains. The park is situated on Tom Bancroft Field, a one-acre plot of land at Lenape Park.

Tom Bancroft, the former president of the Perkasie Dog Owners Group, sadly succumbed to cancer on September 16, 2011. However, as part of his original plan for the dog park, Elite Outdoor Structures donated a storage shed to hold gardening equipment, waste disposal bags, and signs for various events.

The company worked with J. Weisberg Custom Builders in Sellersville to turn the 8-by-10 A-frame shed into a unique giant doghouse. This design, part of Bancroft’s final vision, acts as a focal point for the area and brings character to the park. The shed was installed with a stone bed foundation due to the lands proximity to a flood plain.

Elite Outdoor Structures says it was also part of a nonprofit project turning an empty lot in South Philadelphia into a thriving community garden. The lot, located at 9th and E. Passyunk Ave, was donated by Maria Olivieri in memory of her father, Harry “The Boss” Michael Olivieri, co-founder of Pat’s King of Steaks.

Harry O’s Passyunk Gardens was created in 2011 with the help of the Rachel Ray show. Professionals involved with the show worked with volunteers from around the area to build structures, paint murals, and plant vegetables. The show culminated in a celebration of the surrounding community hosted by Rachel Ray and Ty Pennington.

Elite Outdoor Structures worked with many different organizations on this project. Volunteers from Camden Children’s Garden came to clean up the lot and remove weeds and unwanted plant growth. They also provided the garden with fruits, vegetables, and herbs as well as soil and various gardening supplies.

Mr. Contractor Inc. helped to build many of the planters and structures in the garden with lumber donated by Lowe’s Home Improvement. Vertical planters and raised plant beds were built to maximize space and create a robust nursery.

A mural, which dominates the back walls of the lot, was designed by artist Delancey Birzin who works on the Rachel Ray show. The mural includes giant fruit and vegetable labels painted in vintage designs, similar to those seen in grocery stores in the ’50s and ’60s.

The company donated a shed for storage of gardening supplies and tools. The shed now sports a “green roof ” where fresh herbs and spices flourish atop the building.

Harry O’s Passyunk Gardens continues to operate as a volunteer-run community garden overseen by the Passyunk Square Civic Association. The garden provides fresh fruit and vegetables for residents of the community as well as a green space for city dwellers to enjoy.


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