SALISBURY TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS Lindberg plan approved, application for state grant for trail to proceed
Approval of the Lindberg Park Master Plan and Neighborhood Connections Study allows Salisbury Township officials to proceed with applying for a Pennsylvania grant for Phase One, which includes a walking and bicycling trail link to Allentown Parkway.
The Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners voted 5-0 in two separate votes to accept the master plan and to pay the plan's consulting firm, Urban Research and Development Corp.
The Salisbury Recreation Committee recommended approval of the plan to commissioners.
The $22,400 payment to URDC approved by township commissioners was matched by a grant from Lehigh County.
Township Manager Randy Soriano said he will apply for the state grant, which would approximately match a $160,400 Lehigh County Green Futures Fund for the trail project.
"We hope this is not going to be dormant document," Soriano said of the Lindberg plan.
Soriano commended the township recreation committee for its contribution to the plan.
"I think you guys did a great job," Commissioner Debra Brinton said to several recreation committee officials at the Feb. 14 township meeting.
State grant approval or rejection is expected in October. If approved, work on the trail could begin and be completed next year.
"What do you think the timeline will be?" BOC President James Brown asked of the Lindberg plan.
"It depends on the funds. It would be one phase every two years, or 20 years," Len Policelli, project manager, URDC, said.
"We'd like to get sponsorship," Soriano replied.
"There's quite a lot in the surrounding area that the park could connect to," Joanne Conley, Lindberg Park Master Plan assistant project manager and a URDC landscape architect, said in presenting the final plan to commissioners at the township meeting.
Work on the project began in Spring 2011. Last June, an analysis of the park's facilities and activities took place. Public hearings were held in September, October and December.
Conley outlined features of the approximate $2-million project for the 20-acre park along Lindberg Avenue, off 24th Street, in western Salisbury.
She said the 2 1/2-acre playground area is in most need of improvement.
"It doesn't meet ADA [American With Disabilities Act] safety standards," Conley said.
Other improvements in the 11-phase plan could include a perimeter walking and bicycling path, natural trail expansion, tranquility garden, kiosk listing events, improved signs, improvements to the pavilion, bathroom and parking lot and a pickleball court.