Adamstown officials discuss plans for town’s second park

By on April 17, 2013

By: JAMES McGINNIS Review Correspondent, Staff Writer

Adamstown officials voted to begin developing the town’s second park.

The borough council voted six to one to begin developing Celebration Park on a three-acre parcel of land off Route 272 near the borough’s west end. Although currently undeveloped, the park is already popular with residents from nearby subdivisions that straddle the border between the south side of the borough and East Cocalico Township, who often come for walks or to spend time with their pets.

The plans specifically call for the installation of two benches and planting of 10 trees in the park. Both the benches and trees are estimated to cost $2,000 each, for a total of $4,000.

Councilwoman Cindy Schweitzer dissented in her vote, stating that the borough should get more input from local residents before committing money to the project.

"We don’t know what they want," she said. "I’m not ready to commit money to this until we have more planning."

Councilman Ed Zander responded by saying that the borough had always planned to develop a park on the land.

"We are hoping that local clubs and businesses will help get it developed," he explained. "Now we will find out what the local people want."

"We want to make it look like a park and generate some interest," said councilman David Gundrum, who also defended the borough’s plans.

When it is developed, Celebration Park will be the second public park in the borough. The Adamstown Community Park and pool are also located on the west side of town at the intersection of Main Street and Route 272. However, residents to the south of Route 272 have requested that a second park be developed so they would not have to cross a busy road.

Streets Slated For Repair

The council also approved repairs for several borough streets this spring and summer — all of Walnut and Chestnut streets, Main Street from Route 272 to the entrance to the public pool parking lot, the parking lot for the public pool, and an unnamed road in the Community Park will be resurfaced. All of Bowmansville Road, Adamstown Road from Main Street to the borough line, all of First, Second and Third avenues, and Jefferson and Grant roads will be oiled and chipped. Borough officials said that all of the paving and treatment work would take place before the start of the 2013-14 school year except the pool parking lot, which will be resurfaced after Labor Day.

Rumspringa Half Marathon

Motorists can expect temporary delays on April 13, when a small portion of Route 272 and Jason Avenue will be closed for the planned Rumspringa Half-Marathon.

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