A Center County park receives updates. Share your ideas

To help guide what a neighborhood park in Happy Valley might look like in years to come, Township of Ferguson organizes an event to gather feedback.

A lot of parks in Ferguson Township have their own master plan, said Ferguson Township Deputy Superintendent Jaymes Progar, who provides guidance on what the township envisions for the park. Although a 2004 survey mapped the existing facilities of Greenbriar Saybrook Park and identified some of the infrastructure, the township has not developed a comprehensive master plan for the park.

The canton engaged the consultant HRG to carry out a new assessment of the Plan of recreation, parks and open spacesand develop master plans for Greenbriar Saybrook and Fairbrook parks, Progar said.

Residents and others can provide input on what they want to see in Greenbriar Saybrook Park at an event on Wednesday. They will use “red dot/green dot” exercises to help designers and landscape architects identify what is going, staying and changing in the park, Progar wrote in an email.

Community engagement is an important component, said township manager Centrice Martin.

“It’s considered very important because it helps us learn a bit more about the amenities desired by neighborhood residents who live in the properties that sit against this property,” Martin said.

Greenbriar Saybrook Park in Ferguson Township on Monday August 1, 2022. Abby Drey [email protected]

This specific park is considered a neighborhood park, especially for residents of the Greenbriar Saybrook developments. Over the years, the demographics of the people in the area have changed and the township parks and recreation committee recently received feedback from these residents. Martin said there was a lot of support for different amenities in the park.

“By developing a master plan for Greenbriar Saybrook Park, the township can better meet the needs of residents and park goers in a neighborhood that is experiencing a demographic shift with younger families moving into the area,” wrote Progar in an email.

The park, located at 1386 N. Foxpointe Drive, State College, includes a playground, horseshoe pitch, basketball court, pavilions, charcoal grill and walking path, according to the website. of the township. But the playing field is a bit outdated, Martin said. The community project Capital Improvement Plan 2023-2027 includes updated playground equipment at Greenbriar Saybrook Park.

“This is an item that made its way to CIP as a result of demand from neighborhood residents for this park to have updated amenities. If you go out and look at the playground, it’s a pretty outdated playground set,” Martin said. “It’s a beautiful landscape and there’s been a lot of diverse interest trying to update this park.”

Provide feedback to the municipal mixer

Residents can submit their comments as part of a “municipal mixer” scheduled for 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Greenbriar Saybrook Park.

The event will also feature a number of cycling-related activities, including a training course by the Ferguson Township Policeassistance with bike check-in from the Penn State Transportation Services and Penn State Bike Denand a mechanic The bike shop will be there to help with maintenance checks on the bikes. Attendees can also learn more about Penn State’s Spin e-bike sharing program.

The Ferguson Township Public Works Department will also host a “Touch-A-Truck” portion of the event for young participants to participate in a hands-on experience of exploring a public works vehicle, a press release said. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from food trucks.

And after?

After collecting feedback, HRG will take it into account and create concept scenarios. A draft master plan will then be presented to the commune supervisors.

Progar estimated that the master plan will be accepted at the end of 2022 and the implementation will start in 2023.

Greenbriar Saybrook Park in Ferguson Township on Monday August 1, 2022. Abby Drey [email protected]

This story was originally published August 2, 2022 12:31 p.m.

Halie Kines reports on local government for the Center Daily Times. She grew up in Penns Valley and graduated from Penn State.

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