Public weighs in on Wayne Township recreation potential
Wayne moves ahead for ‘Nature Park’ Project
May 21, 2013
By JIM RUNKLE (email@example.com) , The Express
McELHATTAN – The Wayne Township Supervisors, having been turned away from the Zindel Park project, decided to move ahead with a different park project Monday evening.
The board opened bids for the creation of a “nature park” area including walking path, pavilions, handicapped accessibility and other amenities, and instructed the engineer and solicitor to issue the final go-ahead pending a review of the contract documents.
The apparent low bidder was Haas Building Solutions of State College, with a bid of $209,000.
The other bidders included BCS Construction of Altoona at $215,070, Wolfe Coal and Excavating Inc. of Lock Haven at $2109,464 and Mid-State Paving at $229,000.
Several years ago, Wayne Township was awarded $63,000 for continued improvements to Zindel Park, including reconstructing a parking area, pavilion construction and landscaping. That project fell by the wayside in a continuing dialogue with the property owner, the City of Lock Haven, and discussions over competing uses, including a law enforcement shooting range.
Supervisor James Maguire eventually said the board has changed its focus for the DCNR’s funds to a proposed Nature Park near Linnippi Village.
The contract for the Wayne Township Nature Park involves the erection and installation of three picnic pavilions, one restroom facility, walkways and associated parking areas.
The contract bidding and contract document were prepared by Uni-Tec Consulting Engineers, Inc., 2007 Cato Avenue, State College, Wayne Township reserved the right to reject any and all bids.
Authorization has already been issued by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to proceed with the project, and consultant Elisabeth Lynch has been given permission to contact the Department of Community and Economic Development to determine if the park meets the requirements for competitive grants under the Act 13 Marcellus Legacy Fund.
The board also examined the possibility of a road project with improvements to Shoemaker Road. Supervisor Jim Maguire recommended a large undertaking, including possibly widening the highway and installing stormwater improvements.
Supervisor David W. Calhoun suggested that a slower pace with graduated improvements might be in order.
Local contractor Robert Maguire pointed to the recreational plans that have costs beyond $500,000 (several projects and years are included in that figure) and said it was high time the township invested in real infrastructure. He said spending a “quarter million” was fine and well for a park 10 people might use a week, but he’s seen 10 people use Shoemaker Road in any given hour, and it’s used 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Maguire commented that the township has the money in the bank to accomplish a major road project, and it just makes sense to focus on the safety, health and welfare of the residents before moving on to recreation.
No decisions were made, but the supervisors promised to continue the conversation in the coming months.
Presently, the township maintains two parks. The municipal park located behind the Wayne Township Volunteer Fire Co. on Linnwood Drive consists of a playground, tennis court, basketball court, three pavilions and a baseball field. During the summer months the Summer Recreation Program is held at the municipal park for school age children.
The Alan Gardner Memorial Park is located on the east end of the township and includes a boat launch area and pavilion. New playground equipment was installed at the Alan Gardner Memorial Park earlier this year.