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Park, rec board may change focus

Thursday, March 5, 2015 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Whitehall Township Commissioner Phillips Armstrong at Monday's Board of Commissioners workshop proposed the township's park and recreation board change its focus.

The board traditionally has focused on youth baseball, softball, basketball, soccer and football programs. Armstrong would like to see it do more to meet the needs of seniors and high school students.

"It is not to put down what they are doing," Armstrong said.

One idea is to expand membership to include a senior who could provide thoughts on recreational programs aimed at that age group.

Another idea is to include high school students. Armstrong, a retired Whitehall High School teacher, said a high school junior could be selected to serve two years on the recreation board, providing input for programs aimed at older youth.

Current board members, who represent the township's playgrounds, say they have no problem in such an expansion.

"It is to get differences of opinions," Armstrong stated. He hopes that by adding a senior to the board, the township can attract more seniors to its parks and playgrounds, including the popular Ironton Rail-Trail.

"I don't have a problem with it," Commissioners President Linda Snyder said. "We want to be progressive."

Snyder told Armstrong to hone his idea and then go before the commissioners legal and legislative committee, after which the commissioners could take action on it.