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LCRC discussing adoption of uniform park user rules

Published May 03. 2011 05:00PM

Lehigh Canal Recreation Commission is discussing adoption of uniform park user rules. That idea was presented by Doug Makofka of the Trail Tenders.

Attorney William Schwab, East Penn Township's representative, said that the Central Carbon County Reginal Comprehensive Park and Green Space plan calls for uniform park user rules in the five communities that are part of the plan, but that the rules are not formalized.

Communities involved in the CCCRC plan are Mahoning, East Penn and Franklin Township and Weissport and Lehighton boroughs.

Schwab suggested that Makofka present a sample of park rules that are posted in several parks that may serve as a base for the comprehensive park rules plan.

Schwab said that while most parks are similar, there are a lot of differences that will make each park's plans unique.

"We can adopt the basic plan and then have additions, such as in East Penn Township, Riverview Park remains open after dark for night fishing and our river access is open 24 hours, while many other parks are open from dawn to dusk," said Schwab.

Members of the group also discussed flood damage at the Lehigh Canal towpath and how repairs are progressing.

H. Scott Everett, stewardship and trail manager for the Delaware Lehigh Heritage Corridor Commission, that the DLHC has considered a lawsuit against the contractor for the poor work at the parking lot at Weissport.

Everett said that the contractor said that the stone mason made the wall too high, plus the fines (dirt surface) wash into the canal.

Members also noted that there is a washout of the towpath on the Jim Thorpe section and that a pipe is almost blocked in that area.

Members discussed option as to how to get the stones used for riprap out of the canal where they were washed during the last high water event.

Commission members also noted how difficult it is to continue with maintenance of the towpath on the small donations received from the eight member communities.

The Canal Commission had hoped to raise the user fees for each community to $1 a person per year, but that action failed to be adopted. The Commission continues to operate on a 10 cents per capita fee.

The Commission is planning to open an account where donations can be sent from private individuals and businesses to help with park costs.

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