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Borough seeking feedback on all the parks in Middletown

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

717-944-4628
Posted 11/12/19

Middletown borough wants to know what residents have to say about parks in the borough.

Residents are being asked to complete a Park Input Survey that can be done by going to middletownborough.com …

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Borough seeking feedback on all the parks in Middletown

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Middletown borough wants to know what residents have to say about parks in the borough.

Residents are being asked to complete a Park Input Survey that can be done by going to middletownborough.com or the borough Facebook page.

If you need some time to think about it, that’s OK. Residents have until spring 2020 to complete the survey, borough Manager Ken Klinepeter told the Press & Journal.

The survey is part of an effort the borough has launched to study all the parks in town, and what should be done to improve them.

Middletown has seven parks, the largest being 10-acre Hoffer Park at the end of Mill Street along Swatara Creek.

Hoffer Park is already slated for a big improvement: the Little Middletown playground that is to replace Kids Kastle at an estimated cost of nearly $925,000. The borough has applied for federal grant funds to help pay for the new playground.

Separately, borough Public Works Director Greg Wilsbach has said all parks in the town have unmet needs.

While supportive of rebuilding the playground at Hoffer, Councilor Robert Reid in particular has advocated that the borough not “forget” the six other parks in Middletown.

The other parks are Oak Hills, a six-acre facility along Spruce Street in the Oak Hills neighborhood; Frey Manor Park, also 6 acres behind Hoffer Street and Frey Avenue; 1.5-acre Colston Park on Russell Avenue between South Wood and Lawrence streets; Etnoyer’s Park, a 3-acre facility on South Wood at Susquehanna Street; Elner Overdeer Park, a half-acre facility across from the Municipal Building at West Emaus and Catherine streets; and 6-acre Susquehanna Street Park along Susquehanna Street.

The survey asks residents about which park they use the most, how often, and when; how they get there; and what features they use most at the park and which features they use least.

The survey also asks what park residents go to outside of Middletown, and what activities they do at these other parks.

Klinepeter said survey results will be incorporated into a grant the borough plans to apply for toward improvements at all the parks.

The borough’s proposed 2020 general fund budget includes $100,000 to pay for a study of the needs of all borough parks, to include the survey.

The results of the survey will also be shared with borough council members and then used to determine what improvements to make at each park, according to Klinepeter.