Charlestown Township Parks & Recreation Board
There were no announcements.
The February minutes were approved.
The official date for Earth Day is April 6th, and the rain date is the 13th. Mr. Lawrence told those present to meet at the Township Office or at a group site. There will be trash removal on Township Line Road and a few other less traveled roads. Be safe, use vests available at the Office, and please no one under 18 on roadside. Mrs. Csete has a list of some problem areas, if you are looking for a site to target. Mr. Lawrence will follow up with Mr. Findlay regarding a task list. The children are handling a lantern fly egg hunting expedition.
Mr. Beyer is trying to get some trail visits into his schedule. He is hoping April allows for drier trail walking. He said the Pickering and the Pickering Dam Trail have wash away entire segments. There is a list of chores that needs to be accomplished to bring them back to good shape. He emphasized that there is a serious commitment of time need for these two trails. In addition, there is a bridge down, and perhaps some re-routing or stone-wrapping of some segments, to help with drainage. These trails would certainly benefit from some Eagle Scout projects. He has been contacted by 2 more individuals looking to become Trail Ambassadors. The Thompson Trail is in good shape, as is Brightside. One tree still needs to come down at Brightside, and he or Chris will take care of calling Davey Tree.
The drain repair, being done by Melchiorre, has not been completed, probably due to the weather. Opening day for one of the clubs is March 30th, but it has been very wet and play may be pushed back.
The Eagle Scout fence project was incredibly thorough and impressive. Mr. Beyer said chicken wire is not resilient to ball strikes, and tends to break apart. He suggested something plastic or returning to the fence supplier and discussing it further. Also, the fence must withstand weed whacking. Mr. O’Brien didn’t think it was actual chicken wire and will confirm.
Mr. Lawrence said there may be a Colorsplash 5k run/walk sometime in October (19, 20, 26, or 27th). He is checking on the chemical makeup of the colors, the number of volunteers needed for parking, etc., and then it will probably move forward for approval.
Mr. Maurer introduced Mr. Damon Faunce of the PASC and Mr. Bruce MacLelland of the PMYC. Mr. Maurer stated a few facts as background for tonight discussion.
Mr. Maurer and Mr. O’Brien decided it was best to establish communication between the teams. Stemming from this, tonight they wanted to discuss installation of a turf field using the entire area behind the PMYC clubhouse. The goal is to have a reliable safe field for play.
This area of the Park was chosen by the gentlemen because:
Mr. Maurer said replacement cost is about half of installment costs. Maintenance is about the same over the life of the field, with a warranty of 8-12 years depending on the grade of turf. Mr. Maurer said there are funds to kick off the project that would include an endowment for replacement. Mr. Lawrence suggested a grant search. Mr. Maurer said he realized much more information is needed, especially regarding funding.
Mr. Maurer said the field would need lighting. The l.e.d. lights for athletic fields are very directional and no long a point of contention by neighbors, as they have been in the past. Trees would need to be removed, but plantings along paths would compensate for this. Ms. Dicranian suggested cameras for security on the new light poles and a centralized scheduling program for the fields and pavilions in the Park.
The discussion ended with these points:
PMYC start date is the 30th until Memorial Day. The flag football has really taken off.
Mr. Motel walked the Brightside Trail with a rep from Backyard for Birds, Mr. Goodman, Mr. Findlay, and Alix Coleman. They found 10 spots for bluebird boxes, 2 for screech owls, one for kestrels, and one spot for a bat box. Mr. Motel displayed the boxes and said he plans on installing the bluebird boxes on Earth Day. He will work with Alix regarding placement of the boxes in consideration of the farmer. Mr. Lawrence will receive links from Mr. Motel. Mr. Lawrence said he has 3 more bat boxes that need homes. Hopefully one can be installed on Earth Day in the Park.
The next Charlestown Day is September 14. Mr. Lawrence said volunteers are needed, spread the word.
Mr. Motel introduced Mr. Dan Mount, and Ms. Melissa Dicranian. Both visitors expressed interest in joining the Parks and Recreation Board. Mr. Lawrence will be in contact with them after checking how many official openings there are on this Board. Many volunteers are needed for projects within the Township, plus there is a list of Eagle Scout projects, too.
Adjourned at 9:00 p.m.