Adams Twp. takes step closer to park addition

Supervisors OK 103-acre purchase

January 29, 2020 Cranberry Living

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ADAMS TWP — The township is one step closer to a bigger park following supervisor approval of a resolution Monday night.

“It's actually for the Wygal property,” said Mike Gallagher, township solicitor.

The resolution OKs the purchase of 103 acres of the Wygal family property, situated near the public works building along Hutchman Road. The land would be added to Adams Township Community Park.

The property has a price tag of $800,000.

“This motion allows us to prepare to go ahead and begin (the process),” Gallagher said.

Township officials have been discussing expanding the park using the Wygal property for the better part of 30 years.

“It's not like we're dragging our feet,” said Russell Ford, supervisor chairman. “It's the fact that there's a long process of going through the courts.”

Gallagher said the next step is for officials to finalize the sales agreement with representatives of the Wygal property.

The process could take several months, according to Gallagher. He hopes to have final pieces in place this summer.

“We are working through that whole process,” Ford said. “You seem to think we could probably buckle this up by summertime?”

“I'm hoping,” Gallagher said. “Yes.”

Township officials identified the Wygal acquisition as a major 2020 objective, according to Ford. Under Ford's direction, the township has been organizing clear goals for the year.

“We have talked to every one of the department heads, along with each of the individual supervisors, to actually talk about what our 2020 goals ... were going to be,” Ford said.

The park expansion was at the top of that list, according to Ford and township manager Gary Peaco.

Supervisors approved a letter of purchasing commitment in spring 2019, according to Thomas Franceschina, a former supervisor.

The township secured a $425,000 Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources grant in December 2019. The DCNR award is expected to cover 50 percent of the sale of the property.

The additional $25,000 secured in the grant will cover 50 percent of administrative fees and costs associated with engineer studies or solicitor services.

The Wygal addition will bring the township's total park acreage to about 250. Preliminary discussion in December regarding any potential park renovations included keeping the additional property mostly open and natural.

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