Park, Recreation and Open Space Plan
Adopted in August 2004 this plan reviewed the current and future recreational facilities, recreation programs, open space preservation and conservation within the township.
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This Park, Recreation and Open Space Plan presents ways to further enhance the quality of life of Palmer Township residents. This Plan has two major objectives: to preserve an open space and conservation character in areas of the Township and to provide excellent recreational opportunities within the township to Palmer residents.
This Plan lays out the steps that are needed to develop the "active" recreational facilities, such as athletic fields and tennis courts, and more "passive" areas, such as greenways and woods, needed to serve our present and future residents. Also, additional types of recreational programs are suggested for consideration by township recreational groups of the Township.
Ways of preserving the natural character of areas of the Township are also recommended. In addition, methods to preserve environmentally sensitive lands, especially lands along the waterways and steep slopes are also suggested. The township administration is responsible for providing adequate maintenance, security and safety within the Township's lands, and to keep the public well-informed.
The Township officials have an important role to carry out this Plan. Cooperation will be essential between residents, community organizations, local businesses, the Easton Area School District and the Township. Through these efforts, Palmer Township will continue to be an even better place to live, work and play.
Important background information has been collected and mapped to provide a foundation for the policies and recommendations of this Plan, including:
Most of these materials have been incorporated into the body of this report, while others are found in the appendix.
Process Of Developing This Plan
This plan was developed and evolved during a set of workshops with a committee consisting of members of the Recreation Board, Planning Commission, Environmental Steering Committee and other key Township officials. The plan was then returned to the respective board, commission and committee for their comments. Then, public comment was invited at a combined major public meeting. Finally, the Plan was recommended by the Township Recreation Board, Planning Commission and Environmental Steering Committee for adoption by the Township Board of Supervisors.
Purposes Of This Plan
This plan will help to accomplish the following major purposes:
As part of this planning program, the following major goals were established to provide the overall guidance and direction for the plan.
Recreation Programs Goals
Recreation Facilities Goals
Goals To Put This Plan Into Action
Open Space/Conservation Goals