HANOVER 7A

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Earth Conservancy is developing a Master Site Development Plan for a regional recreation area on 30 acres in Hanover Township.

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PROJECT OVERVIEW

In January 2020, Earth Conservancy convened a group of local municipal, educational, and business leaders to gauge their thoughts on a new potential recreational area for the community.  EC had 30 acres of land right off of the new South Valley Parkway that could make for a wonderful community asset.  However, was there a need?  After several hours of brainstorming, many ideas and much enthusiasm were voiced.  With that as a starting point, EC moved forward with seeking grant funding to develop a plan.  In late 2020, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (PADCNR) announced EC had received $22,000 to help fund the project.  The study will not only include park concepts, but also ascertain management options and financial viability.

This page will be updated as the project proceeds.  Make sure to check back or follow us on Facebook for the latest news.

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PUBLIC COMMENT & MEETINGS

Keep an eye on this space for news about upcoming public meetings and surveys about the project.  We encourage the public to reach out to us!  If you have comments or questions, please contact EC by emailing [email protected].

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UPDATES

October 2021 | First meeting of the Steering Committee held, with representatives from Hanover Township, the Lower South Valley COG, Hanover Area School District, Greater Nanticoke Area School District, King’s College, the Luzerne County Visitors’ Bureau, and the Greater Wyoming Valley YMCA in attendance.  Marc Kurowski, PE, of K&W Engineers, led the meeting, beginning with an overview of the site.  The primary tasks of the committee, he explained, were to 1.) provide input on area recreation needs; and 2.) assist the study team in identifying stakeholders and gathering additonal community information (e.g., public survey).  Issues brought forward by the committee were a lack of facilities for youth sports, as well as inadequate lighting, parking, and turf resources at exisiting fields; missed opportunities in accomodating travel leagues (e.g., baseball); the need for access/walkability; and growing interest in activities like skateboarding, disc golf, and pickleball.  The potential for creating a space for other events (e.g., theater productions, arts festivals) was also mentioned.  Cost and revenue was discussed several times, in terms of both building the facility; and supporting its operations and maintenance.  Nexts steps included a site and area facility analysis, a public survey, and stakeholder interviews.  These would start to inform conceptual plans.  The overall timeline for the project was estimated at six months.

July 2021 | K&W Engineers engaged as consultant for project.  Study team includes Site Services Group, Midlantic Engineering, Janelle Drach, Ecological Solutions, GMS Funding Solutions, Pinnacle Indoor Sports, and the Brownwater Group.

April 15, 2021 | Request for Proposals issued, due May 7, 2021.

September 25, 2020 | Earth Conservancy awarded $22,000 grant from PA DCNR to fund a Master Site Development Plan (MSDP) for the Hanover 7A site, with the project period to begin on January 1, 2021.

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STEERING COMMITTEE

Christine Dettore | PA DCNR
Nathan Barrett | Hanover Area School District
Matt Curry | Hanover Area Mini-Hawks Youth Football
Cpt. Pat Dougherty | PA State Police, Troop P
Ron Grevera | Nanticoke Area School District
Sam Guesto | Hanover Township
Sara Hailstone | Hailstone Economic for Lower South Valley COG
Cheryl Ish | Kings College
Michelle Schasberger | LiveWell Luzerne / Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA
Alan Stout | Luzerne County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Mike Wood | Wilkes University

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FUNDING

$22,000 – PA DCNR, C2P2
$22,000 – EC

GOT A MINUTE?

We want to hear from you about what you and your community needs in your local parks and recreation facilities!  What do you love?  What’s missing?  Your input will help shape the planning for a potential new recreational area,
located on 30 acres in Hanover Township.