Residents Speak Up on Proposed Walter Dick Park Improvements

6:21:16 walter dick parkBROOKVILLE, Pa. (EYT) — The ideas were flowing at Wednesday evening’s community meeting about proposed improvements at Walter Dick Memorial Park in Brookville.

More than three dozen citizens were in attendance to share their ideas and see what Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. had in mind for the proposed project.

The park, which is one of Brookville’s major landmarks, as well as in the region, could use some TLC so Brookville Borough Manager Dana Shick and council members Clarinda Darr, Karen Allegeier, and Dave Ferringer researched firms that help develop and enhance community parks and selected CEC, based in Pittsburgh.

Bill Moldovan, a Registered Landscape Architect, is the project manager and he explained the plan was to be able to present plans for the park to the public in June and then complete work by the end of summer.

The park currently has a picnic area, playground, swimming area, fly-fishing, walking trails and North Fork Environmental Education Center.

“The park has many things going for it already, water, pathways, the suspension bridge, buildings and a network of trails, so there is a very good foundation there,” Moldovan said.

One resident pointed out the problem with too many Canada geese while another said after the water plant was built, it did away with a trail along the Northfork.

He attempted to talk to the authority about it, but never got anywhere.

There was also discussion about reviving the environmental center and expanding the area for disabled persons to fish.

Members of Trout Unlimited and the Boy Scouts indicated they had some plans for the fishing area.

The swimming area was a popular topic of conversation.

Most wanted to see it remain and improved with a beach area added.

There was also talk of an improved bathroom facility, one that would be handicap accessible.

The park built in 1951, was washed away in the terrible flood of July 1996.

The 20-acre park was rebuilt in 2001.

The North Fork Environmental Center has fallen into a state of disrepair recently.

The Brookville Area School District used the building for the education center for a number of years, but when it stopped using it, the property reverted to being under borough control.

For more information, contact Moldovan at 412-429-2324 or [email protected].

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