Penn promises park
● By J. Chambless
By Nancy Johnson
“It’s a done deal!” said Curtis Mason by phone on Sept. 4. “Penn is going to have its own field of dreams.”
For months, Penn Township’s Board of Supervisors and township solicitor Sam McMichael have been negotiating with Conard-Pyle (Star Roses) to purchase a 43-acre tract which sits along Jennersville Road near the Route 1 Bypass. Settlement is tentatively scheduled by the end of the month.
“It’s an incredible location,” Mason said. “Easy access, with the bypass right there, and it abuts agricultural land; not residential.” He explained that in seeking a location for an active park, it was very important that the site be appropriate for lighted fields. “You can’t have baseball fields without lights,” he said. “You won’t be able to get enough use out of them just in the daylight hours.”
While six to eight playing fields will be an important part of the park, there will be plenty of room for other activities, including walking and biking.
“I’ve been trying for 15 years to buy that piece of property,” Mason said. “Now we can fulfill a promise we made to the kids of this township.”