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Baldwin Borough residents provide input on Colewood Park upgrades

| Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, 11:09 p.m.

By Stephanie Hacke

Initial plans for upgrades to Colewood Park include a walking trail, new playground, renovated soccer fields and additional parking.

More than 35 people attended a meeting Tuesday night to get a first look at a proposed master plan for the Baldwin Borough park and give comment to help borough leaders make changes to the plan before is finalized.

“This will address safety concerns and create an overall improvement at the park,” said James Feath, of Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. which is creating the master plan.

Concerns at the park included traffic speeding through the area to get to the fields, mostly used for soccer, a deteriorating wooden playground and the lack of connectivity throughout the park.

A separate project to install an equalization tank in the corner of the park will provide excess fill to allow for the regrading of the four soccer fields at the park, Feath said. The equalization project was not discussed Tuesday. A future meeting will be held for residents to give comment on its impact.

An added walking trail will connect previously isolated areas of the park, while parking will increase from 68 to 124 spaces, Feath said. He did not have a time frame or cost for the proposed project.

“I'm pretty happy with it. I think with just a few tweaks, we can make it a destination place for this borough,” said Nina Deibler, a coach for the Baldwin Whitehall Soccer Association, which uses the fields at Colewood for practices and games.

Still, nearby residents had concerns with some of the plans: like the idea to move the playground from near the park's Colewood Drive entrance to the center of the park, or the lack of parking now available at the Colewood Drive entrance.

“I'm happy that overall they're going to make it better,” said Nikki Galentine, of Colewood Drive. Yet, she said the residents that live close to the park need to be considered in the plans.

Residents on Overland Trail and Ranchview Drive raised concerns about the cars that speed down their streets.

Kevin Sadler, of Ranchview, said he doesn't like that the proposed plan funnels traffic into the park through one entrance.

“Speeding is an issue,” said Sadler, who said he also hopes the plans change so the playground is not located right in his backyard.

Baldwin Borough Manager John Barrett said the residents' comments will be taken into consideration.

Stephanie Hacke is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 412-388-5818 or shacke@tribweb.com.

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