SALISBURY TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS Lindberg Park Master Plan envisions perimeter walking and bicycle path
Plans to upgrade Lindberg Park were greeted for the most part with enthusiasm during a public hearing, with concerns expressed by those attending about those who use the park taking shortcuts across adjacent homeowners' properties.
One of the chief features of the "Lindberg Park Master Plan and Neighborhood Connection" unveiled before approximately 25 residents Sept. 17 would be a walking, running and bicycle trail around the park's perimeter.
The master plan presents a concept for improving the park. The hearing was held to gain public input. A master plan committee that has been meeting since May put forth many of the recommendations contained in the plan.
Committee members expect to next meet 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15 in the Municipal Building when they will review the public comments from the hearing.
The next public hearing for the Lindberg Park Master Plan is expected to be held in November when a final presentation will be made.
The plan is funded by a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
Len Policelli, landscape architect, project manager, and Joanne Conley, landscape architect, assistant project manager, of Urban Research and Development Corp., consultant for the master plan, made a Powerpoint presentation at the meeting and responded to residents' questions.
Also attending were Township Manager Randy Soriano, Township Director of Planning and Zoning Cynthia Sopka and Township Commissioner Debra Brinton.
Lindberg Park, which is along Lindberg Avenue west of 24th Street, is shaped like a slice of pizza. At 20 acres, it is the largest park in the western part of the township. It includes a 2.5-acre playground area, pavilion, tennis courts, basketball court and baseball fields.
"It's a great park. It needs modernizaton and updating. But we're not going to rip everything out," Policelli said.
"Seniors want more activities in the park," Policelli said.
Lindberg contains mature trees, many of which should be trimmed or cut because of their age and condition, according to Policelli.
The pavilion restrooms, which are not Americans with Disabilities Act compliant, needs to be improved, Policelli said.
The park's existing swales have drainage problems.
A storage shed located closer to the baseball fields is desired and the garden for the blind is overgrown.
An area for playing volleyball has sand that has hardened. It is proposed the court be moved to a park area of higher elevation.
The park's chain-link metal fence is a problem, Policelli said, noting, "There's poison ivy on it and it's hard to maintain."
A perimeter loop path around the park would be 0.8 or 0.9 of a mile in length.
Also proposed in the plan is a tranquility garden.
A gateway entrance to the park is envisioned for the northwest area at Lindberg Avenue. An events kiosk could be located there.
The consultants projected three alternative plans for the park, with the third plan a composite of the first two.
Lorraine and Kenneth Schuette were assured the Bill Sugra Memorial Tree and Garden, an Eagle Scout project of their son, Daniel, which took him 250 hours to complete, would be retained.