LEWIS CENTER — There will be a special meeting of the Orange Township Board of Directors at 5:30 p.m. on August 3 at City Hall, 1680 E. Orange Road.
The meeting will review the proposed parks master plan for 2022.
“Hear Silas Bowers, COO of Orange Township, and representatives from the consultants on this project, Brandstetter Carroll, Inc., as we talk about the future of Orange Township’s parks and trails systems,” said said a message on the Orange Township Facebook page. . “Open to Orange Township residents to ask questions about what’s next for OT!”
The township’s website said of its park system, “Parks not only allow and encourage people to exercise and enjoy nature, but also help build healthy and stable communities. Orange Township has seven beautiful parks with trails and other outdoor amenities as well as a top notch outdoor aquatic center.
In addition to the North Orange Aquatic Center, these parks are Glen Oak (which has a toboggan hill and an ice skating pond in the winter), North Orange, North Road, Orange Bridge, Ro, Township Hall, and Walker Woods. All except North Orange (Delaware) have an address at the Lewis Center.
Recent improvements to township parks include safety surfacing and new playground components in Ro, new safety surfacing in Walker Woods, waterproof surfacing for multi-use trails in and around North Orange and mulch in front the aquatic center.
The township also has an ongoing veterans memorial project, approximately 18 miles of multi-use trail, and a community garden at the intersection of Piatt Road and Red Oak Street at Evans Farm. A few of these latest plots are “dedicated to providing People In Need, Inc. of Delaware County with fresh produce,” www.orangetwp.org said.
As previously reported, one recreation area, City Hall Park Fishing Pond, “was undergoing improvements for fishing, water quality, and habitat enhancements,” said one. Facebook post. As the pond dried up, the fauna in the pond was trapped and moved. The public turned out on July 8 to volunteer.
“We will be recovering traps, seines, nets, etc.,” the township said of the event. “The animals will be transported to a nearby pond complex. So far we have trapped painted turtles, red-eared sliders, snapping turtles, bullfrogs, green frogs, water snakes, dragonflies and tadpoles. As the water level drops, we expect more fish.
The township published on July 11: “We are continuing our Orange Township Hall Park Pond project! Thanks to MAD Scientist Associates, LLC for your partnership on this project and to those who came out last Friday to help us relocate many frogs, tadpoles, painted turtles and a variety of fish!
Volunteers help relocate wildlife as the pond at Orange Township Hall Park is drained for cleanup and improvements.
Gary Budzak can be reached at 740-413-0906 or on Twitter @GaryBudzak.