The Newtown Township Park and Recreation Board met on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 in the main meeting room. In attendance and voting were: Chairman Andrew Levine, Vice Chairman Joel Grosso and members Kathy Kelly, Mark McMenamin, 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.

Approval of Minutes: Mrs. Porter moved to accept the minutes of September 3, 2013. Mr. Levine seconded and the motion passed 6-0.

Reports of Subcommittees

Veterans Park: Mr. Levine reported that the Board of Supervisors approved the Noah’s Playground plans. He will present the plans to the County Commissioners for final approval for County Municipal Open Space Program funding.

Mrs. Pawlenko reported that the park will officially open for play on Saturday, October 5, 2013. Mr. Levine and Supervisors’ Chairman Mike Gallagher will cut the ribbon after a flag ceremony by the American Legion Color Guard. Exhibition games are scheduled for all of the fields and the Community Yard Sale to benefit Noah’s Playground will be held in the front parking lot. Mrs. Pawlenko urged the Board to attend the ceremonies and help with the snack stand at the yard sale.

Carl Sedia Park: Mr. Levine suggested that once the Municipal Open Space Program has approved funding for Noah’s playground, he would like the Park and Recreation Board to focus on the senior fitness trail at Carl Sedia Park.

Mrs. Kelly and Mrs. Sutton reminded the members that they would like to include some children’s exercise components in the trail, to make it an intergenerational fitness trail.

Park and Recreation Director’s Report

Mrs. Pawlenko reported that the department is doing very well, filling recreation programs for the fall and planning for winter and next spring. She asked the Board members to volunteer to help chaperone the Halloween Teen Flashlight Candy Hunt on October 25, 2013 at Roberts Ridge Park. A few activities are planned for the evening but adult supervision will be needed. She has reached out to a number of community youth groups to participate and she believes that those groups might also provide some chaperones, but this is unconfirmed at this time.

Mrs. Pawlenko reported that the YMCA will be partnering with the department for swim lessons at the Community College and Chandler Hall. She is optimistic that this will make up for the loss of the NAC swim programs.

Next year, Shir Ami has offered to allow the Township to use its facilities for Camp Beechtree. Shir Ami is air conditioned and has a playground and wading pool area, so it should be a very fun facility for the little campers.

Mrs. Pawlenko reviewed the tentative capital requests for the 2014 Park and Recreation Budget:

  • Chandler Fields – restroom repairs, bleacher replacements
  • Clark Nature Center – house and barn painting
  • Helen Randle Park – phase #2 water line, bleacher replacements, backstop repair, roadway, entrance and gravel parking lot repairs
  • Veterans Park – walkway to concession/restroom, plumbing repairs, safety net and conditioning for 90 foot field.
  • Begin a park sign replacement program
  • Offices – new printer for department, flat screen televisions for community rooms

Member Comments: Mr. McMenamin reported that Feeney’s Wholesale will be offering deeply discounted trees for sale in November.

Mrs. Sutton moved to adjourn at 8:00 PM. Mrs. Porter seconded and the motion passed 6-0.


Respectfully Submitted:


Mary Donaldson, Recording Secretary