CHARLESTOWN TOWNSHIP PARKS & RECREATION BOARD
Charlestown Day is September 30, 2023, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Ms. Robinson moved to approve the September minutes. Ms. Fox seconded. Mr. Mount called for discussion and there being none, called the vote. All were in favor.
Mr. Mauer, of the Phoenixville Area Soccer Club, said they are painting the snack shack. Their enrollment is ~1000 kids. Mr. Koenig will take care of the hornets near field #4.
The Pickering Trail inspection report was received today at 5 p.m. It will be circulated by Mr. Mount and discusses erosion, invasive growth, and dangerous conditions. Trail Clean Up Day is November 4th, and a large crew of volunteers is going to be needed. Charlestown Day will provide an opportunity for signing up. The Brightside Farm inspection is next week.
Ms. Armstrong stated that native plants will be available at Charlestown Day. They ask that participants provide a picture of the removed invasive and a picture of the native plant in its place. The invasives can also be brought to the next EAC meeting. Check the EAC website for questions.
Mr. Andrew Peterson, Mr. Marco Paredes, and Mr. Alek Fahey attended tonight to represent Verizon. The gentlemen are hoping to increase cell phone coverage along Charlestown Road and propose building a 170-foot tower in a 1200-square-foot base station in the northern corner of Charlestown Township, in Charlestown Park.
Mr. Mount stated that the Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources suggests unpaved trails use a “no throttle” standard for eBikes on state trails. Current Township rules mention no motorized conveyances, and Mr. Ammerman suggested making this clearer. The eBikes cause erosion and increase the scope of danger.
Trails that allow eBikes are best managed with posted speed limits. Some bikes can go up to 30 miles per hour and are modified to go fast enough to suggest a helmet and license. Mr. Ammerman discussed signage that clarifies the verbiage for active recreation parks in Charlestown Township. Mr. Mount mentioned Brightside Farm Park and Charlestown Park using the DCNR levels to set guidelines.
Mr. Mount recommended moving the eBike subject with guidelines set by the DCNR to the Planning Commission for further review. Ms. Robinson seconded. All were in agreement.
Mr. Ammerman suggested the next step by the Parks and Rec Board would be to finalize signage.
Ms. Fox would like to have ~6 concerts next year with a few movie nights added. The response was all positive and the crowds were a perfect size for the venue. Many other benefits came about from the publicity and the community interaction. There may even be a partnership in some events next year with Kimberton. The budget doesn’t need to change and working with Mr. Koenig is proving successful.
Ms. Armstrong discussed the dangerous condition of the Pickering Trail. Although it was closed, she met 2 groups trying to navigate it during her last visit. She has sent pictures of the Ice Dam area to the P&R and mentioned the Township’s liability. She suggested better trail closure measures, especially to protect visitors from stream side erosion. The members told Ms. Armstrong that the area was surveyed yesterday and a report is coming. It will suggest new routes for the trail. Everyone agreed that this trail needed a large number of volunteers to make an impact. The next trail day is scheduled in November when weeds die back. Details will be listed on the website.
The next Park and Rec meeting will be Thursday, October 19th.
Adjournment was at 8:25 p.m.