PARK & RECREATION BOARD
MINUTES – APRIL 11, 2006
The regular meeting of the Park & Recreation Board of
Park & Recreation Board: David Fritchey, Chairman
Henry Carpenter, Vice Chairman (left meeting in
Patricia Bunn, Secretary
David Gordon, Member
Richard Jutkiewicz, Member
Others: Terry Fedorchak, Township Manager
Donna Liney, Recreation Director
Greg Caiola, Supervisor Liaison
Absent: Andrew Newbon, Park & Rec Board Member
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Mr. Jutkiewicz moved, Mr. Carpenter seconded and it was unanimously carried to approve the Minutes of 2/21/06 as written.
DISCUSSION AND RECOMMENDATION IN SUPPORT OF THE PROPOSAL OF YARDLEY-MAKEFIELD SOCCER CLUB TO INSTALL ALL WEATHER FIELD TURF ON MACCLESFIELD PARK FIELD C
Mr. Mike DiMaio was present. He stated the only outstanding item from their previous
discussion was water quality run off from the field which was a concern of Mr. Bray and
the Environmental Advisory Council. Mr. DiMaio stated he was able to find out
from the company which installed the most fields that they only had to look
into this matter one other time and there was a toxicity evaluation done in
considering, the materials used are the same. Ms. Bunn stated if this test was done in
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she feels they should have it evaluated by someone who is
Mr. DiMaio stated the only other item that came up at the previous Park & Recreation
Board was with regard to YMS’ financing company being satisfied with not having a
Lease for the field but rather having a Permit, and he stated the financing companies
which are bidding on the work are satisfied with this. He stated they would like to be
able to discuss the project with the Board of Supervisors.
Ms. Liney distributed an e-mail from Mr. Heilferty who reviewed the materials sheets submitted by YMS on this product.
Mr. Fritchey asked if Mr. Heilferty’s report relates to the specific product they are
considering, and Ms. Liney stated it does. Mr. Fritchey stated it appears that
Mr. Heilferty is comfortable with the product; however, Ms. Bunn stated Mr. Heilferty
Mr. Fritchey stated he still feels comfortable passing this onto the Board of Supervisors
subject to the environmental engineer reviewing this and being satisfied that there are no
issues. Mr. DiMaio
noted turf fields are common in the State of
Mr. Fritchey stated the Park & Recreation Board is also more comfortable with a long-term Permit as opposed to a Lease.
Mr. Fritchey moved, Mr. Carpenter seconded and it was unanimously carried to
recommend to the Board of Supervisors that they approve subject to review by the
Township Environmental Engineer of the field and that it be a Permit situation as
opposed to a Lease.
CONSIDERATION OF APPROVAL OF PROPOSAL TO HOST SPEED PURSUIT CLINIC AT MACCLESFIELD PARK
Mr. Tony Incollingo was present and stated he would like to run a speed/agility/fitness
training clinic preferably at
Head Trainer for Pro Tech Hockey Camp which trains out of Lawrenceville Prep in the
summer, and has done some training at the
there is a need for this type of training in the area as opposed to students going to a
facility where they have to pay for the overhead of the facility. He stated he has a client
list working one-on-one and he has been asked to work with larger groups. Mr. Incollingo
stated with Speed Pursuit, they bring the students in for a ten-week session with students
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choosing one night a week which they can attend. The first night they do a
comprehensive fitness exam. They do ten weeks of training and then test again on the
last night to see if there are improvements in the areas tested.
Mr. Fritchey asked the age of his clients, and Mr. Incollingo stated he works with
elementary levels up. He is looking at two different age groups – nine to eleven which
would be mostly speed and agility and the older group twelve to seventeen for the full
routine including more intensity and core work. There is no weight training. He stated
they do resistance running.
Mr. Caiola stated his son attended this program last year and really enjoyed the program.
Mr. Incollingo stated the client can pick the evening they want to come Monday through
Thursday and they pick one night for the ten weeks. This is open to both boys and girls.
He stated in the past, at the request of his female clients, there was a specific night or
time set aside for strictly female athletes. Mr. Fritchey asked about make-up nights, and
Mr. Incollingo stated they do allow them to attend a different night if they are on
vacation. If it rains, they try to add on an additional week at the end of the program.
He would like to start the program on Monday, June 5. The sessions last one hour each
Mr. Jutkiewicz stated he also has experience with Mr. Incollingo, and the children really
seemed to enjoy the program.
Mr. Gordon asked about staffing, and Mr. Incollingo stated he has assistants, who are
Certified teachers and instructors, depending on enrollment.
Mr. Incollingo stated he is very flexible as to space, and only needs an area with grass.
He stated they can adapt to the environment. He stated they also use blacktop.
Mr. Carpenter left the meeting at this time due to illness, noting he is in favor of the
program being discussed.
Ms. Liney stated she has spoken to some of the user groups who may be active in the
evening, and they do not feel that this program would be a problem to accommodate
Mr. Jutkiewicz moved, Ms. Bunn seconded and it was unanimously carried to approve
Ms. Bunn asked if he has insurance, and Ms. Liney stated yes, he has met all the Clinic
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PRESENTATION AND MOTION ON WINTER USE OF COMMUNITY POOL
Mr. Paul Mackenzie was present and stated he feels the Township Pool is one of the best
assets of the Township, and he complimented the Township on its installation. He stated
the facility is only being used three months of the year; and in a time of trying to save
money and generate revenue, he feels the Township should consider using the Pool year
round by covering one or more of the Pools for year-round use and allowing use of this
existing capital asset by all age-groups in the Township. He stated there are already
heaters in the pool. Year round use would also avoid annual shut down and start up
costs. He stated this would also generate jobs in the Township. He stated there are a
number of technologies that could be used. He stated he has had discussion with
Mr. Wallover who has ideas besides a “bubble.” Mr. Mackenzie stated he personally
investigated an air-supported bubble structure. He stated this is a readily-available
system and allows for safe and efficient operation. He noted there are a number of these
already installed, and he noted some located in the area including West Windsor High
School which has had a bubble since 1969, EMAC Aquatic Club
the Eagles, Giants, and
three years ago with their community pool and has been willing to share information with
Mr. Mackenzie stated they would use the Pool from September to May indoors
depending on the weather. He stated he and Mr. Bob Magg visited EMAC and they
advised it takes one day to put up the bubble and one day to take it down. They are
covering two pools, one a 25 meter pool with a diving well and one other pool area. The
material does have to be stored off site. Mr. Fedorchak asked if they are taking it up and
down themselves, or have they hired an outside firm; and Mr. Mackenzie stated they do it
themselves with volunteers.
Mr. Fritchey asked what material the bubble is made of, and Mr. Mackenzie stated there
are multiple materials which are made and they are slash resistance. He stated Dupont is
the major supplier of the material, and it is a plastic material with wire to support it along
with the hot air. Mr. Mackenzie stated he can provide a sample of the material. It is not
rigid. The shape and the heat of the bubble keeps snow from accumulating on it.
Mr. Mackenzie stated they would need a full-time Aquatics Director year round to run
the pool, and the Director would hire the other staff and manage the facility.
Mr. Mackenzie stated they would use natural gas for heating and air. He was provided
figures from EMAC who indicated costs, before the current heating crisis, were $30,000
for the 25 meter pool and diving well.
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Mr. Mackenzie noted the information provided on possible revenue streams. He used
EMAC’s figures on revenues including Membership Fees noting EMAC charges a fee
of $600 per family.
He stated if half of
spent an additional $300 for a year round membership, he feels they would be $30,000 to
$50,000 positive in revenue each year.
Mr. Fritchey asked if the EMAC bubble is up year round, and Mr. Mackenzie stated they
take it down for the summer. Mr. Fritchey asked if EMAC is an athletic club designed
for high intensity training or does it have the mixed
Pool currently has.
Mr. Mackenzie stated EMAC mimics what
passive recreation as well as competitive swimming so there are hours for Swim Team
but they also have hydrotherapy with one Pool at one temperature and one at a higher
temperature for younger children and Senior Citizens so they can serve all aspects of the
community. Mr. Mackenzie stated programs could include water aerobics, swim lessons,
safety training, competitive swimming which would be enhanced since it is a first-rate
facility, and use by youth organizations. He stated the concessions could also be run
during the week and on the weekends if they wish.
Mr. Fedorchak asked about changing facilities/restrooms. Mr. Mackenzie stated he has
considered four options. He stated since the bubble itself is not that expensive, covering
more does not incur that much more cost as it relates to the bubble. He stated costs
would come in for additional facilities and he has provided for this in each of the four
options to include a 3,000 square foot building to be used as a meeting place, for lockers,
etc. He noted Option A which proposed to cover the lap pool only and in this case, they
would add a building complex to the left along the side. He noted the location of the path
which would be handicap accessible and could be shared with softball as they also need
locker rooms. It would also provide an entrance to the Pool Complex at the other end of
the Complex. He noted Option B proposes covering the Olympic Pool only and they
could have a locker room facility up closer the parking lot. Mr. Mackenzie stated he feels
Option C is an attractive option as it would cover the lap pool and the Olympic Pool
which would allow the slides to be used year round. He stated this would require the
same size bubble as the Giants practice field. He feels the height would be approximately
seventy-five to eighty feet high, although he would have to have this calculated. He
noted Option D is also a good option and would cover the Olympic Pool and the
intermediate pool which is good for younger children.
Mr. Mackenzie stated he would like the Park & Recreation Board to consider
recommending to the Board of Supervisors that they proceed with a feasibility study.
He stated the architect the Township has on current retainage, Wallover, is extremely knowledgeable about this subject. He stated the feasibility study should consider the options and revenue streams. He stated if the Board of Supervisors and Park Board are interested, he could look into possible corporate sponsorships such as Speedo. He stated they could also contact ICT Group, Lockheed Martin, etc. about offering the ability
Martin, etc. about offering the ability for their employees to utilize the Pool.
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Ms. Liney stated they did get Wallover’s initial results from the survey sent out to the
Membership, and which indicated that of 1095 surveys, Question #5 came back with 646 Pool Members in favor of investigating this, or approximately 58.9%. She stated Wallover is recommending that they proceed with the study to investigate this possibility.
Mr. Fedorchak asked if the EMAC and
building, and Mr. Mackenzie showed a picture of the EMAC bubble in the information
provided showing that it is connected to the ground. Mr. Fedorchak stated in some
instances you go from the bubble into the main building so that you can enter from the
sides, but the public using the pool area is coming through a building that is already
established and then getting into the bubble area through a special set of doors.
Mr. Mackenzie agreed. He stated at EMAC you would see the front building as you enter
the pool now would be an interior space with a locker room and there is then an air lock
with revolving doors and through that air lock, you enter the bubble. The restrooms and
lockers would be in the existing structure.
Ms. Bunn stated she is unsure about hiring a full-time Manager as Mr. Sharp has been the
Pool Manager for a long time; and if they proceeded with this proposal, they would be
telling Mr. Sharp he no longer had a job. Mr. Fedorchak stated he feels there will be a lot
of programming opportunities, and he does not feel this will create a problem with
Mr. Sharp during the summer. Mr. Fedorchak stated long-term, he does not feel this
should be an issue.
Mr. Fritchey stated the survey asked the Membership whether they were in favor of
exploring the option of enclosing the one pool, and Ms. Liney stated this is correct.
Mr. Gordon stated his children swim for
winter and both are outstanding programs. He stated they are crammed into two pools in
the winter – Pennwood and the High School which are also used by others. He stated he
feels this will be a great opportunity for the Swim Teams which are active in the
community. He stated he himself also enjoys swimming and this would create an
opportunity for the public to have recreational swimming opportunities. He asked if there
are any permanent structures that are left in the ground once the bubble is taken down for
the summer, and Mr. Mackenzie stated they all come up.
Mr. Caiola asked how large an area they need for storage of the bubble, and
Mr. Mackenzie stated this would depend on the size of the bubble they purchase.
Mr. Jutkiewicz asked about height restrictions in the Township, and Mr. Fedorchak stated
what is proposed would not meet the height limitations, and they would have to apply for
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Mr. Fritchey stated her has two concerns with this. First, he feels there are two groups using the Pool – one group that is committed to a rigorous program of athletic excellence and the other is a huge constituency of people coming to the pool to relax and want a place for their children to have recreation. He does not want those who are not interested in competitive swimming to feel like they are being pushed aside. He stated if the bubble comes down, he feels it is much better than if they were proposing a permanent structure. He stated his other concern was that historically the Pool has supported itself and was not supported by tax money, and this proposal would require a substantial outlay of money. His concern is also how realistic it is to assume they will be able to get corporate sponsorship for a Township of only 35,000 people. Mr. Mackenzie stated he is not saying that corporate sponsorships would pay for the entire amount, but he does feel there are opportunities they could tap into. He stated he is convinced that this will be a positive revenue generator for the Township; and if they fund this with a bond, they will get their money back.
Ms. Bunn stated it was the previous Board’s position for a long time that they were not in
favor of corporate sponsorships although the new Board may have a different opinion.
She stated she is not sure how the Township residents would feel about floating another
bond when they have other things they are already borrowing money for such as sewers.
Mr. Mackenzie stated he feels this is a capital asset that they are not using that could
make them money.
Mr. Caiola asked Mr. Mackenzie if he has discussed with those who already have the
bubbles how they funded their projects; and Mr. Mackenzie
Township put up the money and built it because they believed in it. He stated EMAC is a
privately-held facility as the Township turned over the Pool Complex to EMAC and a
series of families own it similar to how
$500,000 to $700,000 expenditure. Mr. Fedorchak stated they need to get firms numbers
on this, and Mr. Mackenzie stated this is why he feels they should proceed with the
Mr. Fritchey stated the Park & Recreation Board has been enthusiastic about corporate
sponsorship over the last ten years, and the climate of the Board of Supervisors may have
Ms. Bunn stated she is not certain how residents who are not members of the Pool would
feel about floating a bond for a facility they do not use. Mr. Fritchey also noted there
are a number of Parks that they still need to develop. He stated if they can find corporate
sponsors, it may make the bubble project more desirable. Mr. Caiola asked why the
previous Board was not in favor of corporate sponsorships, and Mr. Fritchey stated he
feels some of the Board members felt there could be problems if they took money from a
builder and how this would look to the community. He stated he also feels some Board
members did not feel that the Township should have to do this. Mr. Caiola stated he feels
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they should at least consider this. Mr. Fritchey noted there is no longer significant Fee-
In-Lieu money coming into the Township so such projects will either be built with
corporate sponsorship or through tax revenues.
Mr. Jutkiewicz stated if this results in an income-producing project, it may help other
Park & Recreation projects
Ms. Bunn asked about the longevity of the bubble, and Mr. Mackenzie stated the West
Mr. Fedorchak stated he feels they should work with an engineer who has been involved
in this process, and Mr. Mackenzie stated he does have the name of the individual who
was involved with the
to Mr. Fedorchak.
Mr. Gordon stated he feels this is an asset that is dormant nine months a year that could
generate revenue and a lot of enjoyment for people throughout the year.
Mr. Fedorchak stated Mr. Mackenzie is on the Agenda to appear before the Board of
Supervisors at their next meeting.
Mr. Fritchey moved to recommend to the Board of Supervisors that they proceed with a
Mr. Fritchey stated he feels they should assure the public that this will not radically
change the character of the facility in the summer.
Ms. Bunn noted the Pool Budget is a stand-alone Budget, and if there are additional
funds, those funds were not spread out for other Park & Recreation facilities.
Mr. Jutkiewicz asked if this could not change, and Ms. Bunn stated this could change if
the Board of Supervisors deemed it.
Motion carried unanimously.
APPROVAL OF SNACK BAR MENU FOR 2006 SEASON AT THE COMMUNITY POOL
Ms. Liney stated the Concession Stand Contract Agreement requires that the Park Board
approve the menu by April 30. She stated the Contractor for the Pool has continued to
improve the menu and is working hard to respond to Membership concerns. She stated
none of the prices are more than a 5% increase. The Park & Recreation Board agreed to approve the Menu as presented.
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SUPERVISOR LIASION REPORT
Mr. Caiola stated they have seven candidates for the one additional spot on the Park &
Recreation Board and they are also seriously considering having an additional position of
Alternate. He stated they had many good candidates for the Board vacancies.
Mr. Caiola reviewed other issues the Board of Supervisors is considering at this time.
Mr. Fritchey asked if the resolution of the Matrix issue will help resolve the issue of a
stated they are still looking at other options for this and they do feel there is a need for
this although they do not want to increase the local taxes to provide it. Mr. Gordon asked
if there will be any additional Parks on the Matrix property, and Mr. Caiola stated if it
proceeds as currently proposed, it will be age-restricted housing; and they will pay
Fee-In-Lieu. Mr. Ron Smith stated there will be green space within the parcel. There
will be nothing that comes under the jurisdiction of the Park & Recreation Board.
Ms. Bunn asked if they have ever considered adding a
Station at the Snipes Tract. Mr. Fedorchak stated he does not feel there is enough room,
but they could look into this. He added at that location, it would not be centrally located.
RECREATION DIRECTOR’S REPORT
Ms. Liney stated the Township is continuing to work with the user groups this spring on a
number of improvements to the Township facilities. Yardley Makefield Soccer is
helping identify turf areas that need attention and eliminate non-permitted league play on
fields the Township is attempting to grow. She stated the Township has repaired
scoreboards, developed a better plan for upkeeping and maintaining the restroom
facilities, repaired lighting at all the complexes, and performed batting cage repairs with
cooperation from the Pennsbury Athletic Association.
Ms. Liney stated plans are underway for the
Fastpitch Tournament. Pennsbury Athletic Association Tournament officials made an
offer, which the Township accepted, for the donation of a flag pole at the Community
Pool Softball Field #4 this year during the feature game on Thursday, June 15
at 6:30 p.m. This installation will be at no cost to the Township and appears to be a win
win situation for both the Township and Girls Softball.
Ms. Liney stated the lighting project at Macclesfield is progressing. The construction
work is outside the field of play, and the Township has issued permits for use of Field H
this spring season. Testing on the lights should be completed by the end of the month.
The Township has requested the user groups to supply a list of individuals to receive
pre-authorized codes for light activation on Fields H and F.
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Ms. Liney stated Park & Recreation has been fine-tuning final preparations for the
construction phase of the
community, and they are glad to assist in some minor dirt work and cleanup at the site.
Tree planting is scheduled to begin tomorrow.
Ms. Liney stated twelve spring field permits have been issued affecting utilization by
more than 5,500 members of the community. She stated the Township continues to meet
the needs of the user groups as best they can, balancing the interests of all parties
involved. She thanked all the groups for their cooperation during the permitting process
and asked that they contact her if there is anything the Township can do to help through
Ms. Liney stated in response to an increase in the Pool, and they are planning to open Saturday, May 27 for the season. Full-time operating hours will begin Monday, June 12. Swim lessons will begin the week of June 26. Based on feedback from the recent Pool survey, the Township is looking at ways to improve the lesson program this year. The Township has adjusted staffing at the Pool and will use their college lifeguard staff to provide necessary coverage while the Pennsbury Schools are still in session. She stated they expect to add as much as seven hours per week during the peak times early season when attendance is the heaviest as determined by the Pool Manager. She stated Park maintenance continues with the Pool facility preparations. She noted during the pre-season preparations, the Township discovered a number of fine spider-like cracks inside the bedway and on the sides of both the flume slide and the speed slide. The slides were purchased under Pennsylvania State Contract, and all parties involved were immediately notified. To date, the Township is waiting for a response from the manufacture, and Ms. Liney will continue to keep the Park Board informed on this issue.
Ms. Liney stated the Park & Recreation Department received a good batch of candidates
in response to the search to fill the Budgeted position on the Park & Recreation crew.
She stated they appreciate the Board of Supervisors support for this important resource
and noted this will help improve the upkeep of Township facilities. She stated they
received approval for a candidate who they believe will be a good fit, and hope to have
this crew member on board by May 1.
Mr. Fritchey asked about the location of the flag pole discussed by Ms. Liney and she
stated it will be behind the backstop on field #4 at the Pool field. Mr. Fritchey asked if
the scoreboards are working at that field, and Ms. Liney stated all scoreboards are
operational. She stated they did review with PAA representatives how to operate them
and where the control pads are located. They also replaced some lights and repaired
some wiring. She stated they also installed new boxes attached to the pole system to keep the key pads inside. Mr. Fritchey stated he feels they should encourage use of the scoreboards. Ms. Liney stated the current PAA Board seems very interested in using them.
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Mr. Fritchey asked about the status of Memorial Park. Mr. Fedorchak stated they will
shortly begin construction of the Memorial itself. Trees are being planted next week.
They anticipate the Memorial will be completed by September. Mr. Fritchey asked about
the rest of the Park, and Mr. Fedorchak stated other than some adjustments with regard to
the detention basin, there is not much more to be done with respect to Phase I work which
was the Township’s responsibility. Mr. Fedorchak stated there are huge piles of dirt on
site and children are playing on these and he feels they need to look into this.
Mr. Fritchey asked about the Golf Course, and Mr. Fedorchak stated they had a
successful year in 2005 and a good start this year.
Mr. Smith asked if those responding to the Pool Survey received their Guest Passes, and
Ms. Liney stated these will be sent out with the membership materials.
LEAGUE LIAISON REPORTS
Mr. Jutkiewicz stated Lacrosse is off to a fast start.
Mr. Smith stated YMS is extremely concerned about the
Park playing League play wearing team uniforms and with referees and the damage that
is being done to the fields in the back. He stated these are adults that are playing.
Mr. Gordon stated he did witness this last Sunday and two games were being played.
Ms. Liney stated they did speak with Mr. Deininger, Mr. Smith, and Chief Coluzzi about
this. She stated they have ordered a dozen signs for Macclesfield that state “League or
Game Play on any field in the Complex is prohibited without a Permit.” She stated the
new employee who will be coming on board along with other employees will monitor the
times that Mr. Deininger has identified that are active, non-permitted game times at
Macclesfield; and if they are disobeying the signs, they will have an employee ask them
to leave. If they do not comply, the Police will be contacted. YMS has indicated they are
comfortable with this procedure. Mr. Gordon asked how he should handle this situation
if he is present at the Park on a Sunday and witnesses this. Mr. Fedorchak suggested that
they go with the procedure Ms. Liney has outlined to see how this works. Mr. Smith
stated this is also occurring at
needs to be done by the Police and not by the volunteers. Mr. Fedorchak stated the
notices will be posted in both English and Spanish.
Mr. Smith stated YMS is very enthused about making the presentation on the turf project
to the Board of Supervisors.
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Mr. Fritchey asked if anyone on the Park & Recreation Board is involved with PAA and
goes to PAA meetings who would be willing to be the PAA liaison. Ms. Liney suggested
that they wait until the new Board member is approved and see if they could serve as the
There being no further business, Ms. Bunn moved, Mr. Gordon seconded and it was unanimously carried to adjourn the meeting at 9:15 p.m.
Patricia Bunn, Secretary