B-Y Park, homeowners take on fish from Penn Township Municipal Park pond
B-Y Park in Trafford will be the beneficiary of many of the fish that must be moved this spring for an expansion of the pond at Penn Township Municipal Park.
But community members also might have a chance to stock their private ponds with some of the bluegill, bass and trout in the pond when it drops from about 12 feet deep to about 4 feet for the project.
Much of the work will be done by township road-department employees between May and August, but Penn-Trafford Area Recreation Commission director Cheryl Kemerer said the pond likely will be off-limits for recreational fishing for the whole year.
Members of the Trafford Recreation Board agreed to take some of the fish when the township begins to draw down the water, but Penn Township officials also expect to be able to accommodate some residents who might want to take some fish that otherwise might die.
Township staffers will coordinate those opportunities.
“It's going to be controlled,” said Paul Wersing, a township commissioner and chairman of the Penn Township Recreation Commission. “We don't just want people coming in with buckets and going home and having a fish fry.”
The township has a deadline at the end of the year to complete work for the first phase of a 17-acre expansion, including the enlarged pond, the opening of a dog park, and new walking trails and parking. It has a $265,000 grant from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for the project.
After waiting several months for someone from the Penn-Trafford Basketball Association to pick up a $1,500 check, the rec commission decided last week to void the payment and return the money to its miscellaneous fund.
Board members said the check had been prepared in October. Last year, board member Kurt Farbacher had to deliver the check in person to a representative of the association.
Representatives of various clubs and organizations occasionally attend the rec board's meeting to give a report and receive the commission's contribution to their programs.
Robin Artz announced her resignation from the rec board because she is moving to Bluffton, S.C. Residents who are interested in the opening may write to the Penn Township Commissioners, Penn Township Municipal Building, 2001 Municipal Court, Harrison City, PA 15636.
Chris Foreman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8671, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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