Few Yorkers might have the resources or the acreage to create their dream recreational space on their own properties, but they can tell county officials what they'd like to see at the public parks supported by their tax dollars.
Two upcoming meetings are being held for residents to give input into master site plans for Richard M. Nixon County Park in Springfield Township and the county's newest outdoor entertainment resource, Susquehanna Heritage Park in Lower Windsor Township.
The public meetings are a chance for those who use or want to use the parks to speak up about what they want, said Ann Yost, who's managing the Nixon project for York-based landscape architecture firm YSM.
The master site plan, under which the county will plan improvements, is the park's first since the land was donated in 1968, she said.
"The park has been developed over time, and this is a good opportunity for them to look at it and plan for the future," she said.
It's an ideal time, in part, because the park was recently given a 17-acre plot, she said.
Officials are also hoping to enhance the facility and make it more convenient for visitors, improving the educational and leisure opportunities both outside and at the nature center building that highlight's Pennsylvania's natural history.
Features being considered include a natural playground with features such as logs, stumps and rocks instead of or in addition to traditional playground equipment, Yost said.
Designers also want to revamp entrances and determine whether parking or trail design could be improved, she said.
The Nixon meeting will be held 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at Nixon County Park, 5922 Nixon Road.
New park: A second meeting will show how months of work have developed the master site plan for Susquehanna Heritage Park, which includes significant archeological remains from the settlement of Susquehannock Indians who once lived in the river hills.
Those who attend the meeting, the final meeting as part of the plan development, will be presented with the recommended improvements to the Native Lands County Park, Highpoint Scenic Vista and Recreation Area, Zimmerman Center for Heritage, Klines Run Park, and the Wilton Meadows Nature Preserve.
The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at the Lower Windsor Township Building, 2425 Craley Road.
To view renderings of the proposed plans, visit http://sushp.blogspot.com.
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