Parks & Recreation Commission

2017 Year End Summary Report

Administration

  1. PARRC: North Coventry Township continued the partnership in the Pottstown Area Regional Recreation Committee (PARRC) during year three of the program with Jay Erb and Kevin Hennessey as the representatives. Michael Lane marked the one year anniversary in his positions as coordinator. 
  2. NC Parks & Recreation Commission Membership: Karl Danielsson and Kathy O’Connell were appointed to fill vacancies on the North Coventry Parks and Recreation Commission created by the resignations of Bonnie Moore and Tim Hennessey.
  3. Deer Management Committee Membership: John Hiabach was appointed to fill the vacancy on the Deer Management Committee.
  4. Grant Acquisition: $100,000 was awarded from DCED for Hanover Meadows development.        

Facilities

Eagle Scout Projects

  1. Five park access signs were installed at Coventry Woods by Kaleb Fisher, Troop 95.
  2. Three “Little Free Library” book exchanges were installed at Coventry Woods, Kenilworth Park, and River Bend Park by Simon Crew, Troop 140.

Kenilworth Park

  1. Thirteen trees (10 spruce and 3 elm) were planted on the Kenilworth Park disc golf course, for a cost of $2850 provided from the tree fund.

Coventry Woods

  1. An Interpretive sign was installed at the Gordon Clement Shelter, funded by the Hill School.
  2. 12 common ninebark shrubs were planted at the Chestnut Hill Access parking lot to enhance habitat and screen the parking lot from the neighboring property. 

Riverbend Park

  1. A gravel parking lot was installed for Batidorf Field , and a paved parking lot was installed for Anderson Field. Labor was provided by the Road Department, with funding provided from the PAHWF/DCNR Mini-grant.

Programs

  1. Kenilworth Park hosted the annual Boy Scouts of America Troop 127 Easter Egg Hunt.  An estimated 200 people attended.
  2. The 9th annual Coventry Woods Festival was held at the Fernbrook Access of Coventry Woods, with an estimated 1,500 people in attendance. The event produced gross income of $7242, with net income of $6201 raised for the Fernbrook restoration fund.
  3. The 4th annual Kenilworth Classic Disc Golf Tournament was held at Kenilworth Park. Proceeds benefited In Ian’s Boots.
  4. The 9th annual Coventry Woods Bonfire was held at the Fernbrook Access of Coventry Woods, with an estimated 150 people in attendance. The event produced income of $206 for the Fernbrook restoration fund.
  5. Six bird walks were conducted at Coventry Woods and Kenilworth Park, with 58 participants. To date, 143 species of birds have been documented at Coventry Woods, and listed on Cornell University’s E Bird web site.
  6. Park pavilions were reserved 12 times during the 2017 season. (Kenilworth 6, Sweinhart 4, Riverbend 2). 10 reservations generated $300 of rental income, while 2 reservations provided service in lieu of fee.
  7. The athletic facilities were rented by 6 organizations/groups (Pottstown Rumble, Coventry rugby, West-Mont Christian Academy, Coventry Soccer, Predators Baseball, Quoit Club) in 2017, producing income of $4831.
  8. A Special Activities Agreement (SAA) was permitted for 7 events during 2017. 3 events generated $575 income, while 4 events provided service in lieu of fee.
  9. Kenilworth Park Community Building was rented by the Tae Kwon Do Academy throughout the year, providing a recreation and fitness program for approximately 20 local residents. Rental income generated $1,980.
  10. The Deer Management program was conducted for the 7th season at Coventry Woods. 10 deer were harvested (3 buck and 7 doe).
  11. 1053 volunteer hours were donated to North Coventry Parks in 2017. 290 dedicated toward administration (operations, planning, PARRC), 170 toward facilities (resource management,  infrastructure), and 585 toward programs (events, education). Examples of some of the various volunteer projects include trail maintenance by the Owen J. Roberts Mountain Bike Club, clean up and restoration of the Chestnut Hill Access of Coventry Woods by the Owen J. Roberts Leo Club.

Respectfully Submitted,

Jay Erb, Chairperson

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