Support the development of the Snipes Tract for our community!
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The Lower Makefield Board of Supervisors is currently moving forward with a proposal to construct a new multi-sport athletic complex on the 36-acre public property known as 'Snipes Tract'. The $3 million proposal includes the following:
- Three full-size multi-use rectangular fields
- One smaller multi-use rectangular fields
- A 1,925 sq. ft. concession stand with restrooms and equipment storage
- A 1,200 sq. ft. pavilion
- A 160-space parking lot; approx. 0.5 miles of driveways; sidewalks
- A storm water retention basin which will reduce the water runoff and better protect the neighbors
- Field lighting with state-of-the-art fixtures
While not shown on the diagram, there has also been public discussion on the inclusion of a walking trail around the park as well.
More details on the project (Review and Approval Letters, Environmental Impact Assessment, Sketch Plan, Walkability Analysis) are available on the Lower Makefield Township website - www.lmt.org
This petition is being posted to garner support from Lower Makefield Township residents who are in favor of the new park and is supported by the following local youth sports organization:
- Lower Makefield Football Association (LMFA)
- Lower Bucks Lacrosse (LBL)
- Pennsbury Athletic Association (PAA)
- Yardley Makefield Soccer (YMS)
- Yardley Makefield Rookie Rugby (YMRR)
All of the organizations in support of this proposal take a 'kids first' approach and offer programs for players of all levels of experience and ability.
Our sports organizations have continued to grow over the past four years. LMFA has grown 20% over the last two years, primarily driven by a growing interest in the NFL Flag Football program, and expects Fall 2017 registration to surpass 750 children in the program. This spring, Lower Bucks Lacrosse has over 340 children playing, with 65% of those being Lower Makefield residents. Their home field is in Middletown Township and has been for many years once they outgrew the space available at Macclesfield Park. Numbers in lacrosse have held steady over the past three years, but the league has been conservative in growing through outreach due to a lack of space for practice and games.
For a community the size of Lower Makefield the nationwide standard for core active recreation is 350 acres. This is calculated by 9.6 acres per 1000 residents. (Publicly discussed & supported by LMT Parks and Rec Director Donna Liney) Based on the approval of the Snipes tract, along with the proposed updates to Memorial Park, Lower Makefield would come in at 282 acres, which is still 34 acres below the national standard. Overall Lower Makefield is well below the National Recreation Park Association standard for acreage per resident and has yet to reach its full build out for residential properties.
This leaves our local sports organizations etc.) and others looking to grow or start operations in LMT, in search of alternate locations. There are simply not enough playable fields in LMT to support the growth of our sports and others like field hockey, rugby and ultimate frisbee.
Please sign this petition if you support the development of the tract for the usage and enjoyment of our children.
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