The Newtown Township Park and Recreation Board met on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 in the Newtown Township Building. In attendance and voting were: Chairman Andrew Levine, Kathy Kelly, Mark McMenamin, Brendan McQuillan, Buck O’Neill, Anne Porter and Sue Sutton, members. Also present was Park and Recreation Director Kathy Pawlenko.

Call to Order: Mr. Levine called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.

Approval of Minutes: Mrs. Sutton moved to accept the minutes of February 1, 2012. Mrs. Kelly seconded and the motion passed 6-0-1, with Ms. Porter abstaining.

Park and Recreation Director’s Report

Mrs. Pawlenko reported that Interim Public Works Director Ron Weaver has been working with his staff to get the parks ready for spring.

The Supervisors have circulated a memorandum of understanding between the Township and Council Rock Newtown Athletic Association to allow Little League to use the skinned field in Veterans Park for tee ball this spring season. The Little League has agreed to take on a few improvements to the field as well as field maintenance. The parking areas, restroom and snack pavilion will also be made available to Little League.

Spartan Cricket was not able to fit its pitch on Silver Lake Park’s lawn because of a manhole in the middle of the field. They have looked at the open area in Roberts Ridge Park and are awaiting quotes from Superior Turf.

Eagle Scout Project

Matthew Katz and his father, Perry Katz, presented a plan for seating to be placed at the skate park. The plan shows benches to be installed outside of the new fence for seating for spectators and waiting parents. The design and location would prevent the benches from being used by skaters on their boards. He would also plant some shade trees near the benches. The proposed benches will be the same as the benches already at the park.

Mr. Levine suggested that Mr. Katz work with Mr. McMenamin on selecting trees for the park.

Mr. Levine moved to approve Perry Katz’s Eagle Scout project to install two benches and two or three shade trees at Newtown Skate Park at no cost to the Township. Ms. Porter seconded and the motion passed 7-0.

Liaison Reports

Newtown Creek Coalition: Mrs. Sutton reported that the Coalition participated in a meeting with Senator McIlhinney and Representative Santarsiero to urge PennDOT to reconsider plans for repair of the Centre Avenue Bridge. The Joint Historic Commission and First National Bank of Newtown also participated. The bridge is one of the oldest in the state, and it is hoped that it can be preserved intact.

Mrs. Sutton asked members to participate in upcoming Arbor Day activities at Goodnoe School and Roberts Ridge Park on April 27, 2012.

Veterans Park Update

Mr. Levine reported that he has spoken to the Supervisors about seeking a grant from the County Municipal Open Space Program to help complete Noah’s Playground. The Supervisors approved of the idea so he has contacted the County. It appears that the funds could be used for improvements to already owned municipal open space to enhance public use.
Natalie and Jason Cohen were in attendance to review playground plans and designs. They reported that they have over $46,000 raised toward the playground to be built in memory of their son, Noah.

Mr. Levine said that it appears that the County would have a 75% match, not 50% as he thought.

The meeting adjourned at 8:00 PM. The members remained for an informal subcommittee meeting with the Cohens to review playground plans and designs provided by Paul Grim of Boyce Associates.

Respectfully Submitted:


Mary Donaldson, Recording Secretary