The Division of Parks & Recreation planned and/or implemented a number of capital outdoor recreation and natural resource 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.
The American chestnut was effectively decimated throughout its range 100 years ago by an accidentally imported fungal disease known as chestnut blight. Nearly 4 billion chestnut trees died in the course of 40 years. The chestnut blight has been called the greatest ecological disaster to strike the world’s forests in all of history.
In 2018, the Parks and Recreation Division collaborated with The American Chestnut Foundation and its partnership with the State University of New York College of Environmental Science & Forestry on the American Chestnut Research & Restoration Project (ESF American Chestnut Project). Parks & Rec 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.
Wildflower Meadow Project
Plan, design, engineer & permit improvements to the Lake Trail & its stream & wetland crossings on the north side of Minsi Lake.
Mapping completed, consulting engineering firm contracted & field assessments begun this year. Will complete planning in 2019.
Northampton County Council approved $500,000 for the project in March & PA DCNR awarded a $200,000 matching grant for the project in November this year. Project will begin in 2019.
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
Plan construction of final 1.5 miles of Nor-Bath Trail from Jacksonville Road in East Allen Township to Mill Street in Bath Borough.
Resurface about 5-miles of original trail from Clear Springs Drive to Jacksonville Road; including trailhead & bridge work, ADA access, landscaping, signage, etc.
Mill Street Trailhead engineering & design work begun this year & will continue in 2019.
PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources announced grant award in 2017; project engineering & design work planned for 2018.