Parks and Recreation Committee

Date: March 11, 2019
Time: 4:00 PM

Parks and Recreation Committee Meeting Agenda
Ferguson Township Conference Room 2
Monday, March 11, 2019
4:00 p.m.

 

I.   CALL TO ORDER

II.   APPROVAL OF MINUTES

III.   CITIZEN’S INPUT

IV.   CONTINUED – REVIEW OF THE FAIRBROOK PARK ‘NO MOW’ MAP
Narrative

The Township GIS staff has prepared an updated map as a result of the discussion the Committee had 
in previous meeting held on Monday, February 11, 2019. Attatched to the Agenda is an updated map to 
reflect the Committee’s comments. Additionally, the Township Arborist, Lance King reviewed the map. 
Lance suggested the native landscape areas be expanded along Tadpole Road to include the bank. 
Lance suggested using a different seed mix and possibly some shrubs in the expanded area. Lance 
also identified the area closer to the cul-de-sac as being a dryer site and would benefit by having 
more of a pollinator mix. Also attached to the Agenda is an updated map to include the Committee’s 
comments and the Township Arborist’s comments. The Committee should review the updated maps, 
suggest any edits or revision; or if satisfied, refer the map to the Board of Supervisors with a 
recommendation for approval.

Recommended motion: That the Parks and Recreation Committee refer the Fairbrook Park low-/no- mow 
map to the Board of Supervisors and recommend approval of the same.


V. SONGBIRD SANCTUARY MASTER PLAN DISCUSSION
Narrative

In 2016, the Township acquired the 8.99 acre property bounded by Owens Drive and Blue Course Drive. 
The property had been shown on the Township Official Map as Natural Area Conservation. The area has 
both significance for passive recreation and environmental benefits. The area could provide a 
natural area and passive trail system between Glenview neighborhood and the regional shared use 
path system along Blue Course Drive linking to active recreation areas and places of interest. This 
property also has the benefit of being a natural absorption area for upstream drainage which 
provides significant stormwater infiltration which was discovered as part of the Pine Hall Drainage 
Area evaluation and noted in a report prepared in 2004 by Sweetland Engineering and Associates. 
Since the Township has acquired ownership, the property has been named Songbird Sanctuary, the 
Public Works Department paved Owens Drive and built a cul-de-sac for a turn around and striped four 
parking stalls for public access for future trail heads. The Township arborist has been involved 
and working with community groups to do things to improve habitat. These efforts include the 
removal of invasive species and planting native trees. Additionally, the Arborist has been 
collaboratively working with the Master Gardner group for additional plantings. The Township wants 
to engage the Parks and Recreation Committee to work with staff to develop a simple Master Plan for 
Songbird Sanctuary.

Stakeholder groups such as Penn State Master Gardner’s, the Nittany Mountain Bike Association, and 
the Birder Club may have interest in providing feedback in this process.

STAFF RECOMMENDATION
That the Committee discuss a plan for developing a Master Plan for Songbird Sanctuary.

VI.    REPORTS

1.   Staff Report
2.   Centre Region Parks and Recreation Authority Report – Mr. David Pribulka


VII.    OPEN DISCUSSION

VIII.    ADJOURNMENT

March 11, 2019 Parks and Recreation Committee Agenda

2019 Parks and Recreation Committee