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Forks Township Supervisors Approve Recreation Plan

After years in the making, Forks Township finally has a plan that will determine recreation needs over the next five years.

Forks Township Supervisors Chairman Erik Chuss said he's waited for the past five years to find out what the next five years of recreation might look like.

Thursday night, Chuss got his wish.

In a unanimous vote, the Forks Township Board of Supervisors approved a much-anticipated, long-awaited .

And despite numerous starts and stops and public outcry, there was no outcry whatsoever from the public and little comment from supervisors, other than Chuss.

"There have been a lot of questions out there on this," Chuss said. "I've been looking forward to it for years."

Chuss explained that money from new development will help fund the plan, but that it probably will have about $1 million in funding as opposed to a once-projected $1.8 million.

Yet what kind of recreation is in the township's future, no one really knows.

Chuss didn't provide details about the plan. Neither did Recreation Director Rachel Sulzbach, who helped put the plan together.

Any information about the plan, though, can be found on the township's website.

Chuss said another survey will be conducted (there was one in the late 1990s another in 2004) asking all residents what kind of recreation they would like to see.

Prior proposals have included items such as reconditioning the tennis courts and basketball court at Community Park, reviewing the bike paths, considering a municipal pool, conducting a study for a possible dog park, adding volleyball courts and possibly adding an outdoor ice skating rink.

"One is certainly a swimming pool," Chuss said. We'll have to wait until the survey is completed to see if there's still interest. We'll take it one step at a time."

Palmer/Forks Patch.com is conducting its own survey seeking input. Click to vote.

"I don't necessarily agree 100 percent with what's in it," Chuss said. "But it's a community-based recreation plan. I've been screaming for a plan for five years now."

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