Traffic, privacy changes made to Greene park plan

November 07, 2003|by DON AINES

SCOTLAND, Pa. - With a few significant changes to address traffic safety concerns and the privacy of adjacent property owners, the Greene Township Board of Supervisors hopes to approve a final plan Monday, Feb. 2, for a 53-acre township park in the north end of the village of Scotland.

On Thursday night, the board and members of the recreation study committee looked over the latest of four versions of the master plan for the park, which has an estimated price tag of up to $3.8 million. The plan was presented by Ann E. Yost, a landscape architect with the York, Pa., firm of Yost Strodoski Mears.

Gone from previous versions is a 110-car parking area off Elevator Road, according to Yost. Residents from nearby properties had raised concerns about the hazards posed by increasing traffic on and off Elevator Road at the Main Street intersection, she said.


That has been replaced with an eight-stall parking area to be used primarily for dropping off or picking up people and maintenance. The main parking areas would still be off Black Gap Road on the property's northern boundary.

Enhanced buffer zones along the southern boundary of the park also are proposed to give adjacent residents more screening.

Charles D. Jamison, chairman of the board, said a township resident has donated 50 evergreen trees from his property to help with that part of the landscaping.

Yost said a second multi-purpose field has been added.

Now a combination of farmland, fields and woods, the park would include adult and youth baseball fields, walking trails, a nine-hole disc golf course, picnic pavilions, an amphitheater, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, camping and wildflower, wetland and native grass meadows.

Yost broke down the project into development phases, beginning with the adult baseball field and one multi-purpose field areas at about $1 million. The youth baseball field and second multi-purpose field would cost about $960,000, followed by the hard court and central areas at just under $1 million.

She projected the cost of the natural meadow area at approximately $457,000 and community camping and disc golf at about $354,000.

The cost estimates do not include renovations of an existing barn, house and wagon shed on the property, or a proposed first responder's building for first aid, Yost said.

"If we can do it, we're going to do it in-house," Jamison said of some of the work. Using township crews as much as possible would save considerable money compared to hiring contractors, he said.

"We've only got pocket change budgeted for next year," he said of the $72,000 for park development in the 2004 budget. Jamison said work on the trail system could be done with township workers and equipment.

"You're looking at a couple of miles at least" of walking trails said Supervisor Rob Kauffman.

How the township will pay for the project has yet to be determined. Jamison and Kauffman said state grants can come with strings attached that can eat up a lot of funding before any work gets done.

Jamison said negotiations for a new contract with the IESI landfill could be part of the answer. "If we were successful in negotiating a new contract with IESI, we could expedite construction of the park," he said.

IESI is seeking to expand its permitted daily average from 857 to 1,450 tons of trash a day. Jamison said the township gets a $1 tipping fee per ton of trash under the old contract.

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