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Board discusses park's purpose

Thursday, August 16, 2012 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Following an executive session for litigation matters, Lynn Township supervisors heard Stan Kelson's request for practice fields at Ontelaunee Park for lacrosse.

On Aug. 9 he told supervisors at their meeting, the team has to travel 30 miles to get a place to play.

He said there are two areas that could be turned into a lacrosse field with little excavating: the parking lot at the end of the old pavilion and the area along Route 143 where the old swimming pool was located.

Parents of lacrosse players would help with the work creating a playing field, he said.

Supervisor Kermit DeLong said the parking lot gets a lot of use.

Kelson disputed that saying it gets so little use grass is growing there.

Heavy use was mentioned for Pioneer Day and the annual car cruise.

Supervisor Justin Smith said one of the soccer fields could be split to provide a lacrosse practice field in addition to the soccer.

Kelson said it is not good to use the same field as another sport because lacrosse tears up a field.

Supervisor Brian Dietrich previously voiced support for using the swimming pool area and asked what size lacrosse needs.

A regulation field is the same size as a football field, Kelson said.

DeLong said Ontelaunee Park is becoming a sports complex with a lot more traffic.

Smith added some of the park is not being used and he does not like seeing something the taxpayers paid for sitting idle.

Much of the cost came from grants and donations, not taxpayers, DeLong responded.

Township Manager Kevin Deppe said he has been looking for a good space for fields. He will talk to PennDOT about the 40-foot setback from Route 143.

Smith suggested a plan for the park because it is becoming an issue in the township.

Dietrich wanted time to digest the issue, again giving his support for softball, which groups could play during reunions and parties.

DeLong said weddings and reunions help pay for the park; sports does not.

Deppe's report to the board included the receipt of playground equipment for the park. Gates have been added to the back entrances. There are picnic tables at the new pavilion.

He noted Nestlé Waters North America helped pay for these items.

The bridge constructed in the park by Tony Oswald needs to be inspected to satisfy a requirement of the new insurance carrier.

Oswald talked about building a portable stage after the Mudflaps concert needed to be moved to the old pavilion.

Dietrich said he supported the idea.