Parks and Recreation:
Chris Lawrence, Chairperson, Dan Mount, and Tim Hubbard. Frank Beyer, Ashlee Beyer, Bil Longua, Jim Quay,
Brian Schlorff, and Charles Buck were absent.
Linda Csete, Ester Estes (EAC), Don Kaczmar (GVMTB), Colleen Shanks, Stephanie Robinson, and Ester Underhill.
The April minutes were tabled.
Ms. Colleen Shanks introduced herself. She and a group of friends planted a tree in honor of a deceased
friend at Charlestown Park. A plaque dedication is scheduled.
Ms. Stephanie Robinson, a nearby resident of Charlestown Park and daily visitor, volunteered for the
Activities Committee. Her daughter is a potential Gold Award Girl Scout in search of a suitable Award project.
Online Work List
A Google document showed many projects within the Township by location.
- The first location is the grassy meadow at Charlestown Road and Route 29. It needs to be better managed, Mr. Lawrence
suggested this as a top priority. But it is not a suitable location to bring children due to traffic.
- Charlestown Park had a dozen items on the list. Rotting posts with loose railings at a deck overlook, trees growing
in a trail, more cobbles, bleacher repair, and eroding paths, are just a few items discussed.
- Jenkins Park-this location will be visited soon by Mr. Mount, Mr. Lawrence, and Mr. Theurkauf. It is scheduled
to become a pocket park for the other side of the Township.
- Pickering Preserve-the Township Engineer will visit this site due to erosion concerns.
- McDevitt Trail-this trail needs some large tires removed and more signage but has recently been walked and blazed
- Mr. Lawrence discussed the need to coordinate volunteers for these projects.
- The roofing details for the PMYC clubhouse are being finalized.
- The separate shed for the PASC will also begin soon.
- Mr. Lawrence asked Ms. Shanks how she would like the plaque to be secured. She will be present at the dedication
with a group that will take care of the install.
- The storyboard project is coming soon. A seasonal easy read book will be switched out at the change of seasons.
- A group of Boy Scouts did a great job of beautifying the berm between the Park and the University. They also planted
some native species.
- Ms. Robinson is the new Park Steward for Charlestown Park. She will be receiving contact information from Mr.
Lawrence so that she can notify the Township of Park needs and concerns.
Brightside Farm and the Great Valley Mountain Bike Club
Mr. Kaczmar, of the Great Valley Mountain Bike Club, will send Mrs. Csete an email verifying that
she received the insurance cert to proceed. This Saturday and perhaps next Saturday will be trail maintenance days.
A Bike Check Day for possible new members is coming soon to make sure the bikes are suitable for trail riding.
Mr. Lawrence and Mr. Kaczmar discussed the remaining check list items needed to get the club back
to Brightside practicing.
- Post the club’s schedule, especially the practice schedule, in the information kiosk. Practice will probably be
Tuesdays and Thursdays.
- Place a sign and cones to alert pedestrians that bikes are nearby.
- Send an estimated club head count to Mrs. Csete.
- Report positive Covid cases. Continue to use a mask and distancing until ≈50% of adults and children are vaccinated.
- Mr. Lawrence reminded the club to be careful not to damage the trails on wet days.
Charlestown Day scheduled September 18th, rain date September 25th
Ms. Smith is in charge of the morning 5k but is also researching other activities. Ms. Robinson volunteered
Ms. Robinson, Mr. Hubbard, and Mr. Lawrence discussed the Wismer-Rapp House concerts that happened
before the pandemic. Ms. Robinson is interested in starting these again. Mr. Lawrence will contact the Historical Commission
and Ms. Smith to see if they are interested.
Mr. Lawrence stated he has had several residents suggest a crosswalk at Charlestown Road and Coldstream
Road. The Township will need to ask PennDOT to look at this again.
There is a former GVNC volunteer looking for activity ideas as this moves toward becoming a Township
A PA State Game Warden confirmed that there are Kestrel eggs in a bird house at Brightside Farm.
Adjournment at 8:18 p.m.