Dover Township Board of Supervisors hired YSM Landscape Architects for $11,975 under the 2018 budget to design 49 acres of the future Eagle View Park, township manager Laurel Oswalt said.

During the past two years, the park's development has been discussed, but there wasn't enough money in the budget to hire an architect to develop its features, Oswalt said. 

Ann Yost, president of YSM Landscape Architects, said she sits on a township committee to find funding to pay for the park's upgrades.

One of the grants the township is pursuing is a 50-50 match administered by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Yost continued. 

Oswalt confirmed the township is seeking "mostly grants." Taxpayer money would be used to leverage the grants, she explained.

"We haven't applied for all grants, yet," Oswalt said. "We don't have cost estimates.”

Master plan: The master plan for the park at 2531 Municipal Road currently includes an amphitheater, a baseball diamond and youth baseball and softball fields, various walking paths and trails, an 18-hole disc golf course, environmental learning stations, pavilions and playground area, restrooms, warming stations and fireplace, Yost said. 

There are 110 parking spaces in the main lot, as well as overflow parking, Yost added.

Supervisors applied for a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation grant that would be used to pay for the $1.8 million floodplain restoration of the creek and construction of new trails, Oswalt said.

The creek is currently used by Dover Area School District for environmental classes, Oswalt explained.

Background: The land became available after the Midatlantic Driving Range & Eagleview Golf Course closed permanently, Oswalt said. It opened in 1996 as a nine-hole executive course created by public works employees, according to Golf Course Rankings. 

It was purchased by the municipality using a portion of a $2.8 million bond in 2011, Oswalt said, for the purpose of municipal expansion and development of the park. The land cost $1,792,500.

Taxpayers are still funding the 15-year-term bond, which did not require voter approval, Oswalt said. The annual interest rate the first year on the bond started at .05 percent, and the last year it's 2.75 percent, Oswalt said. 

The remainder of the bond paid for $1 million in street improvements, Oswalt continued. It will be paid in full in November 2027, she said.

There was a public meeting Monday, Feb. 12, Oswalt said. It's the only public meeting scheduled for public comment about the park, she continued. 

The opening day for public use has not been determined, Oswalt explained. 

“I'm just thrilled to think that we could have a place like this in our township where we can have a walkable area, and where students can utilize the creek for environmental classes," Oswalt said.

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