Charlestown Township Parks & Recreation Board
Charlestown Township Park
Minutes of Thursday, August 17, 2017


Parks and Recreation:
Chris Lawrence, Karen Schlichter, Marylou Forcine, Sue Staas, and Frank Beyer. Jim Quay was absent.
Additional Visitors and Volunteers:
Tim Hubbard, Susan Saunders, Suzanne Banks, and Lisa Gardner

Minutes for Approval

The July minutes were approved.

Old Business


New Business

September 16th Charlestown Day Points and Events Schedule

8:30-9:30 Vendor Setup
9:30-10:00 Academic Way will be closed to through traffic until 2 p.m.
10:00 Flag Ceremony by Scouts
10:50-11:50 Group Exercise Events
12:00-12:45 Science Tellers about pirates and ships

Charlestown Parks & Recreation Board Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to start up and follow through with new ideas such as adult soft ball, or Movies in the Park. Trail ambassadors are needed, the binders are complete. The AED and safety training can take place this winter.

Mrs. Staas would like a group of volunteers for Brightside Farm. Ten years ago a questionnaire was sent to residents and the data obtained from this old report is being used to plan the future amenities for Charlestown Township. Since the Township and neighboring demographics have changed quite a bit, she feels there is an obligation to take a new look at the vision. Discussion followed regarding the historical significance of farming in the Township and examples such as Chester County’s Springton Manor.

The next newsletter should have a volunteer shout out.

Great Valley Nature Center Update

It is now closed but talks continue with UMLY and the Board. UMLY wants to maintain only summer programs. However the Township wants year round activities, but does not want to hire additional Township staff. The cost of making the property ADA compliant could be near $750,000. There are two conservancies on the property.

Charlestown Park Update

Mr. Hubbard said that although a pick list has been issued by the Township to the surety, there has been only a selective attempt at completion. However, Mr. Hubbard expects the Park to be finished in 2017. Tonight again, the lack of toilet paper in the restrooms was a complaint.

Mr. Hubbard reported that the burnout complaints on Academic Way, and accompanying loitering, should be resolved. The local police are aware of the problem and are patrolling regularly. Plus, the Township is installing a prominent sign that reads PARK OPEN DAWN TO DUSK.

The South Parking Lot is out for bid and will look similar to the new parking lot with resurfacing and lighting to the soccer club snack bar.


Fall registration is now open.


Opening Day is September 17th.