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Group weighs possible upgrades for Irvin Park
Friday, November 30, 2012
By Dianne Byers Staff Writer
CURWENSVILLE - Last night, members of Curwensville's Revitalization Team took a look at a first round of information related to a future upgrade at Irvin Park. An open house was held at Curwensville Area High School's cafeteria to present findings. The information offered last night was taken from postcard surveys circulated in the community earlier in the month.
The CRT has been in existence for several months. Its members are made up of municipal officials, business owners, service club members and interested residents who are working together to formulate a plan to improve the community. The team currently has three main areas of focus: Curwensville's downtown, Irvin Park and the Susquehanna River and recreation trails.
The team was assisted, in the compilation of data presented last night, by students from Penn State University who are using the data from the park and the public's input in their community-based design course.
The information included a large display of various sections of the park with computer-aided upgrades the students and their instructor said were based on enhancements people requested for the park on their postcard surveys.
The displays included improving the bank along the West Branch of the Susquehanna River, adding recreation paths and walking trails, upgrading the entrance to the park and developing the parking area with the addition of pavement.
The park amenities that received the most requests from the people completing the survey cards are, in the order of the most responses received: swimming; restroom improvements, concerts and activities; walking paths and trails; outdoor sports facilities; landscaping; additional seating; improved riverbank; a snack bar and sports equipment rental; additional lighting and more playgrounds.
The age groups that replied to the postcards were: 10-13, 31-40, 41-50, 51-60 and 61 and older.
Mary Ellen Read, Curwensville Borough Council member and a CRT member, said the information presented last night is an important part of the steps the team is taking towards creation of a master site plan for the park and more public input is needed, especially from the age groups who were not represented in the survey.
The park's master site plan will become a list of future upgrades, project prioritization and the steps and financing needed to bring them to fruition.
The finalization of a master site plan for the park will allow the team to seek available grant funds that could pay for upgrades people requested. The master site plan serves as a diagram for work at the park, she said, adding, "so it does not become a hit and miss thing."
The CRT meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Curwensville Borough municipal building. Interested persons are welcome and encouraged to attend the meetings.
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