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 Recreation & Conservation Projects

​The Division of Parks & Recreation planned and/or implemented a number of capital outdoor recreation and natural resourcePlanting.PNG
conservation projects in 2017. These projects helped actionize Livable Landscapes—An Open Space Plan for Northampton County, the purpose of which is to guide the conservation, restoration and enhancement of the County's open space resources, and create linkages between the County's vast natural resources; outdoor recreational facilities; greenways and blueways; farmland; and historic, cultural and scenic resources. The plan seeks to encourage partnerships to achieve common open space goals.            

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In 2018, the Parks and Recreation Division received a donation of 16 American chestnut seedlings, which were planted as part of a "mother tree nursery" project at two sites at Louise Moore Park.

 

 

 

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 Recreation Projects

Title

 Purpose

Accomplishments/Status

Wildlands Conservancy Community Outreach Partnership Expand & enhance environmental education, community outreach & outdoor recreation activities throughout Northampton County. Provided 38 community programs in County and municipal parks for 495 participants in 2017; partnership will continue in 2018.
Minsi Lake Park Rehabilitation Project Replace, renovate & rebuild old park amenities & infrastructure; improve fish habitat & fishing success; & make the lake an accessible recreation area for everyone. Completed Assets Inventory & developed A Site Inventory, Overall Concept Plan & Concept Sketches; continue planning in 2018 for 5-year capital project.

Accessibility Site Survey Reports & Recommendations

Project

Developed for Northampton County by Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living to identify specific areas & provide recommendations for improving overall access to County parks for persons with all types of disabilities. Reports & recommendations developed for eight County parks in 2017; implementation strategy will be developed in 2018.
Nor-Bath Trail Rehabilitation Project Resurface about 5-miles of original trail from Clear Springs Drive to Jacksonville Road; including trailhead & bridge work, ADA access, landscaping, signage, etc. PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources announced grant award in 2017; project engineering & design work planned for 2018.
Nor-Bath Trail West End Extension Project Complete construction of Nor-Bath Trail from Clear Springs Drive to Canal Park in Northampton Borough & connect to D&L Trail at Canal Park (about one-mile of new trail). Trail construction completed in 2017, with official ribbon cutting ceremony at the trailhead at Canal Park in June.
Nor-Bath Trail East End Extension Project Acquire easements from Keystone Cement Company to complete development of Nor-Bath Trail from Jacksonville Road to Mill Street in Bath Borough (about 1.5 miles of new trail). Easements were acquired from Keystone Cement Company in 2017; trail engineering & design work planned for 2018.

 Conservation Projects

Title

 Purpose

 Status

Monocacy Creek Restoration Project at Archibald Johnston Conservation Area Complete design & permitting to remove structures along one-mile section of creek to restore streambanks, riparian corridor & floodplain. PA Dept. of Environmental Protection grant application approved in 2017 for project design & permitting work in 2018.
Catasauqua Creek Riparian Buffer Restoration Project at Wayne Grube Park Plant container-stock trees along roughly 1900' of south side of creek for water quality & habitat improvement. PA DCNR Riparian Buffer Forest Grant awarded in 2017 to implement project in 2018.
Fry's Run Riparian Buffer Enhancement Project at Fry's Run Park Replace dead trees from & add more trees to original 2015 planting along 400' of north side of creek for water quality & habitat improvement. PA DCNR Riparian Buffer Forest Grant awarded in 2016 for 2017 planting project; planted 20 container-stock trees in October 2017.
Minsi Lake Habitat Improvement Project Improve fish & turtle habitat by building 851 stone & timber fish habitat structures across 56 acres of lakebed & 10 turtle basking platforms to float on surface of Minsi Lake. PA Fish & Boat Commission developed 5-Year Habitat Management Plan & some project funding secured in 2017; project construction planned for winter 2018-19.
Louise Moore Park Tree Replacement Project Replace 45 mature spruce trees along east end of park lost to Superstorm Sandy in 2012; replaced with 7' tall ball & burlap Colorado blue, Norway & Serbian spruce trees (15 of each) in May 2017. Project accomplished in 2017. All 15 Colorado blue spruce trees succumbed to needlecast fungus after planting; vendor will replace them gratis with Serbian spruce trees in spring 2018.
Louise Moore Park Wildflower Meadow Project Convert about 1/3rd acre of turf grass into a model demonstration wildflower meadow for pollinator habitat & improved water quality & soil health, public education & park visitor enjoyment. Project Scope of Work developed, site preparation begun & funding encumbered in 2017; continue site preparation in 2018 & seed meadow in fall.

 

 

 

 

 

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