Soccer snarl has Baldwin Borough's attention

| Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

Baldwin Borough officials continue to work to make improvements at Colewood Park in an effort to reduce the traffic congestion and crowd issues that residents on nearby Overland Trail have said come along with Baldwin Whitehall Soccer Association games each Saturday.

“We did a lot on our end,” borough manager John Barrett told council members at a recent meeting. “We've made a lot of real progress.”

Baldwin public-works crews painted lines in the parking lot in Colewood Park — creating 26 parking spaces — in an effort to help drivers align their cars appropriately and keep people from parking in random places during soccer games, the borough manager said.

The soccer association has provided a person to direct traffic before some games and reduced the number of games each Saturday at the park, Barrett said.

Baldwin police also have increased their presence during Saturday soccer games by walking the area to patrol, Barrett said. An additional portable toilet also was added to the lower area of the park, he said.

Yet, work still continues, as the borough manager and residents plan to meet and discuss additional ways to resolve issues at the park.

“There's going to be activity down at the park. We have to do our best to keep the residents informed and mitigate any potential conflicts down there,” Barrett said, noting plans are under way to install an equalization tank in Colewood Park and borough officials want to work with nearby residents to keep them using the park during all activities.

Residents from Overland Trail approached Baldwin Borough council members last month and asked that officials take steps to eliminate the “constant commotion” they say has become part of the norm on their street each Saturday during the past four years when soccer is scheduled.

Dana Dagnal, who said she was representing residents living on Overland Trail, declined to comment until after the neighbors had a follow-up meeting with the Baldwin Borough manager.

Baldwin Whitehall Soccer Association leaders have said they have done what they can to work with borough officials to resolve problems. Association President Kris Schemm couldn't be reached for comment.

Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or

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