The Newtown Township Park and Recreation Board met on Monday, November 12, 2012 in the Township Meeting Room. In attendance and voting were: Chairman Andrew Levine, Vice Chairman Joel Grosso, and members Denis D’Arcy, Kathy Kelly, Brendan McQuillan, Buck O’Neill 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.

Approval of Minutes: Mrs. Sutton moved to accept the minutes of October 3,, 2012. Mr. Grosso seconded and the motion passed 7-0.

Reports on Projects

Noah’s Playground: Mr. Levine reported that the plans have been scaled back slightly to accommodate corrections to the pad site measurements. These plans have been reviewed by the Township Manager, who is supportive of moving forward with the Municipal Open Space grant for the matching funds. He expects issues with the park to be resolved shortly so that construction on the playground can begin in the spring. Engineer Chris Green is preparing a sketch for the County Open Space Application.

Field Maintenance: Mr. Levine reported that he spoke to the Manager about allowing the various sports leagues to be involved in field maintenance. He had not been aware that this was a sensitive issue during the contract negotiations with the Public Works Department. As they are close to having a contract agreement arrangements can be re-examined in the spring.

Future Projects/MOSP

The members reviewed their ideas for possible projects which could qualify for the County Municipal Open Space Grant with private matching funds. They listed:

  • Trail improvements at Clark Nature Center
  • Irrigation at Helen Randle Park
  • Carl Sedia Park active adult recreational equipment
  • Basketball court improvements.

Regarding the basketball court improvements, Mrs. Pawlenko reminded the members that she had received a $5000 grant from Coke which could be used as a match. The total cost of a complete resurfacing of the courts would be about $14,000.

Mr. Grosso said that the leagues might provide matching funds for safety nets and bleachers at the fields. He was not sure such improvements would meet the criteria for the County program.

Mrs. Pawlenko noted that the skate park also needs regular upkeep, but this might fall under “maintenance” rather than improvements.

Park and Recreation Director’s Report

Mrs. Pawlenko reported that the Township and Council Rock Newtown Athletic Association have signed a memorandum of understanding regarding use of the storage building at Veterans Park.

The Township has started a cell phone recycling program which will benefit the Park and Rec programs.

The Park and Rec Board sponsored community yard sale raised $1111 for Noah’s Playground.

Newtown Business Association has provided a $500 sponsorship of the annual Candy Cane Hunt and Teletronics Technology Corporation has provided $250. She asked the members to volunteer to help on the morning of December 1, 2012, when 200 children will participate in this free event.

Mrs. Pawlenko shared information she had received from Tredyfrin Township Police Department regarding a softball tournament scam. It seems that various teams have paid money to a group called Aspiring Champions Events (ACES) to participate in a girls softball tournament advertised as being at Helen Randle Park. No such tournament exists and number of teams lost a great deal of money. It seems that in 2011, ACES did partner with Rock Softball in 2011 to sponsor and host a tournament at Helen Randle, but did not have any contact with the organization again.

Member Comments

Mrs. Sutton asked for help with Arbor Day next year. She said that she will need help preparing the sites for tree planting.

Mr. Grosso asked for an update on the Eagle Scout project at Helen Randle Park to build a retaining wall and flagpole.

Mrs. Pawlenko said that the plan is being reviewed by the Scout and his troop.

Mrs. Sutton moved to adjourn at 8:00 PM. Mrs. Kelly seconded and the motion passed 7-0.

New Business

Respectfully Submitted:


Mary Donaldson, Recording Secretary