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Land could be designated as North Huntingdon park

| Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 7:09 p.m.

Township officials plan to designate land along Ipnar Road in North Huntingdon as a park, they said.

Even if the 22-acre tract of wooded township-owned land, near the Falcon Ridge housing plan, is designated a park, township officials have no plans to develop it immediately, manager John Shepherd said.

The commissioners plan to designate the land, which Shepherd described as “a leftover piece of land from Falcon Ridge's development,” as a park in June.

Shepherd said the designation allows officials to patrol and govern the law like a park in hopes of discouraging dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles from using it. Officials receive several complaints per month about ATVs using the land, he said.

“We've had difficulties enforcing rules and regulations because we're not sure what we could even do (to stop it),” Shepherd said. “If we designate it as a park, at least we can actively enforce rules and regulations on that parcel.”

The township acquired the land in 2003 and officials agreed to keep it as a green space, Shepherd said.

“We have the ability to develop that land for recreational or educational purposes, but we've just kept it and haven't done anything with it,” Shepherd said.

Lee Moffatt, president of the board of commissioners, said he expects residents will question township officials about a lack of development if it becomes a park.

“People will be looking for trails and swing sets,” Moffatt said.

Shepherd said although township officials don't have immediate plans to develop the unnamed park, they have not ruled anything out for the future.

“It's a decent sized piece of ground, and there might be an opportunity for some trails,” Shepherd said.

The commissioners expect to discuss the proposed park and potential names for it during their June 13 workshop meeting.

Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8626, or bpedersen@tribweb.com.

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