|Parks and Recreation:
||Tim Hubbard, Susan Staas, and Frank Byer
|Additional Visitors and Volunteers:
||Kevin Kuhn, Brian Schlorff
Minutes for Approval
The November minutes were approved with a minor edit.
There was none.
Charlestown Park Report
Update by Kevin Kuhn
- New benches with plaques were installed.
- The plumbing contractor is currently winterizing.
- There is curb repair near the play area to be done in the spring.
- The restroom is being finished to code.
- The nature trail has a tree down and Davey tree has been called.
- The Frisbee golf promoters are still interested. Mr. Kuhn suggested they visit the Board of Supervisors to see
how the Board viewed this particular usage for the Park. Then, the next step would be to go before the Planning Commission
after tackling estimated cost and a layout suggestions.
Mr. Kinka and Mr. Lawrence met at the Park to find a site that would be suitable for the play of Stones.
Mr. Kinka liked the area near Township Line Road above the soccer field, off of 6th Avenue, on a tee box
rise. His environmental proposal should be available for the January meeting. He had 5 questions for P&R:
- Is there a size restriction that P&R would like Mr. Kinka to keep in mind? Members felt that Mr. Kinka should
just present the proposal as he sees fit, then they will visit the site.
- Is there a Township stockpile of items to make the course more challenging such as boulders or logs, etc.? Members
said they were sure they could help with this.
- Mr. Kinka is wondering how far the course needs to be from the path, or if P&R would require vegetative buffering?
Members felt they needed to see a proposal and then visit the site to decide on this.
- Will the maintenance of weed-whacking around boulders be bothersome to landscaper? Members did not seem to think
this would be an issue.
- Would P&R permit small sand bunkers to be installed? Members had no problem with this since the mower easily passes
over these pits.
Other points of discussion:
- The open space that is available for new housing vs. what park would service the new residents
- Brightside Farm Park usage
- Future vision and needs of Charlestown parks
- Different characteristics of Township parks
- Mr. Kuhn stated that in 2017, there will be a review of the Comprehensive Plan.
- Mr. Byer requested the P&R create a “new members packet” with reports, surveys, plans, etc.
- Mr. Kuhn discussed local density issues and the effect on the Township.
Mr. Lawrence thanked the club for providing the demographics report. The season is over. Membership
is increasing about 10% yearly with the fall program at ≈700 participants. Mr. Lawrence will post the registration information
on the P&R Facebook page. Mr. Schlorff will send Mrs. Csete information to include in the next newsletter.
Mr. Lawrence will contact Mr. O’Brien for an update next month.
Mrs. Susan Staas stated the Spring Meadows equestrian trail effort is under legal review by Mr. Thompson.
The language of the HOA document is supportive to the trail. The wording of the caveats mentions homeowner rules, but
does not mention the policing of the rules. However, the homeowners have an obligation, and the group is waiting to
hear back from Mr. Thompson. Mrs. Staas has contacted Mr. Thompson and outlined the situation, requesting guidance on
handling the situation kindly and thoughtfully, while pursuing the goal.
Lastly, the trail will be very demanding to establish, with large amounts of stone needed for horses
to cross wetlands, brush removal, etc. Mr. Kuhn suggested adding the blazing of this equestrian trail in the next newsletter.
Mrs. Underhill has finished the 2017 Township Trail Walks schedule.
- Sunday, April 23, 1 p.m. (22nd is Earth Day) Pickering wildflowers, Woolen Mill.
- Saturday, May 20, 10 a.m. following blazes on the McDevitt Trail.
- Sunday, June 11, 1 p.m. visit the birds on the Horseshoe Trail.
- Saturday, September 9, butterfly identifying at Brightside Farm Park
There was none.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m.