PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD
MINUTES OF MEETING OF OCTOBER 3, 2012
The Newtown Township Park and Recreation Board met on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 in the Township Meeting Room. In attendance and voting were: Chairman Andrew Levine and members Buck O’Neill, Anne Porter and Susan Sutton. Also in attendance was Park and Recreation Director Kathy Pawlenko.
Call to Order: Mr. Levine called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.
Outdoor Fitness: Russ Horrock of MRC Recreation was in attendance to review his firm’s outdoor fitness equipment. He said that his firm has products which might work well at Carl Sedia Park.
Ms. Porter suggested that the equipment be placed in pairs, so that two adults can exercise side by side. She also discussed placing small children’s equipment near the adult sized fitness equipment so that children can play alongside their parents or grandparents.
Mrs. Kelly reminded the Board that she had visited an adult fitness trail in Scranton which was well used in the community. She said that its equipment was arranged along a path in pairs so that friends could work out together.
Mrs. Pawlenko noted that the catalog of equipment included some signage which might also work well at Carl Sedia Park, providing information on birds and trees.
Mr. Levine asked Mr. Horrock to prepare a few draft plans in the $60-$80,000 range. He said that he was optimistic that the Board could raise about $20,000 in donations and then seek County matching funds. He asked Mr. Horrock to use state contract or US Communities vendors and installers for the pricing.
Municipal Open Space Funding: Mr. Levine reminded the Board that it might be possible to use the remainder of County Municipal Open Space funds for projects to enhance accessibility of existing open space rather than only to purchase open space for preservation. He said that in addition to Noah’s Playground and the adult outdoor fitness equipment, the Board should consider other projects which might have broad appeal and which might be attractive for private funds or fundraising for the Township matching fund portion. This could remain an open agenda item for the next few meetings. The program sunsets December 31, 2014.
Reports of Subcommittees
Helen Randle Park: Mrs. Pawlenko said that she would like to work with Eagle Scouts on a project building a retaining wall near the snack bar at Helen Randle to help with erosion control.
Mrs. Porter asked whether it would be possible to use adults sentenced to community service to work on this type of project.
Mrs. Pawlenko said that she would speak to Judge Nasshorn about this.
Spartans Cricket: Mrs. Pawlenko said that it seems that cricket requires a large, flat surface and none of the park land offered has been acceptable. Spartans are working with Superior Turf and have expressed some interest in the field opposite Newtown Elementary (the library tract) but this also might not be large enough. Spartans are also reaching out to Tyler Park and to the County Parks and Recreation Board.
Noah’s Playground: Mrs. Pawlenko reported that the Township Manager feels confident that the Township will work out its differences with Adams Bickel and playground planning and construction can proceed shortly.
Park and Recreation Director’s Report
Mrs. Pawlenko reported that Eagle Scout Chris Davis has completed his Eagle Project which involved installation of safety signage and a spectator bench at the Skate Park. He was recognized at a recent Supervisors meeting. Eagle Scout Matt Katz has also completed a Skate Park project of installing two benches and two shade trees.
The wildlife management firm Eccologix has resumed its archery hunt at Clark Nature Center.
The Park and Recreation Department has partnered with Northampton’s Park and Rec Department to sponsor a series of bus trips, including the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Nemours Mansion and Gardens and Annapolis Naval Academy and Harbor Cruise.
The recording secretary reminded members that the first Wednesday of the months of November, December and January will have conflicts with Supervisors’ meetings; the Park and Recreation Board meetings will need to be rescheduled. Dates will be circulated among members.
The meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM.
Mary Donaldson, Recording Secretary