SNIPES TRACT DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
FOOTBALL PARENTS: WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT
Updated Tuesday February 27, 2018 by Lower Makefield Football Association.
The Lower Makefield Board of Supervisors is currently moving forward with a proposal to construct a new multi-sport athletic complex on the 36-acre public property known as 'Snipes Tract'. (SEE BELOW FOR PROJECT DETAILS)
There is a small, yet very active/vocal group of people, who are opposed to the project. To counter this anti-Snipes development movement the Lower Makefield Supervisors need to hear from those who are in favor of this project going forward.
Please review the information below and if you support the proposed development, we ask that you customize and send the attached letter to each member of the Lower Makefield Board of Supervisors. Let them know that we need and want these new fields.
LOWER MAKEFIELD TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
1100 Edgewood Road, Yardley, PA 19067
We are also in the process of creating a webpage with additional information and will be creating yard signs for anyone who would like to show their support and spread awareness.
SNIPES TRACT DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
The $3 million proposal includes the following:
*Three full-size multi-use rectangular fields
*One smaller multi-use rectangular fields
*A 1,925 sq. ft. concession stand with restrooms and equipment storage
*A 1,200 sq. ft. pavilion
*A 160-space parking lot; approx. 0.5 miles of driveways; sidewalks
*A storm water retention basin which will reduce the water runoff and better protect the neighbors
*Field lighting with state-of-the-art fixtures
While not shown on the diagram, there has also been public discussion on the inclusion of a walking trail around the park as well.
More details on the project (Review and Approval Letters, Environmental Impact Assessment, Sketch Plan, Walkability Analysis) are available on the Lower Makefield Township website - www.lmt.org.
The new park is supported by the following local youth sports organizations:
Lower Makefield Football Association (LMFA) www.lmfafootball.org
Lower Bucks Lacrosse (LBL) www.lowerbuckslacrosse.org
Pennsbury Athletic Association (PAA) www.paaball.com
Yardley Makefield Soccer (YMS) www.ymssoccer.net
Yardley Makefield Rookie Rugby (YMRR) www.ymrrc.org
All of these sports organizations have created a positive atmosphere for the physical well-being of our children by taking a “kids first” approach and offering programs for players of all levels of experience and ability. The quality of the programs is why they have continued to grow over the past four years. LMFA has grown 20% over the last two years, primarily driven by a growing interest in the NFL Flag Football program, and expects Fall 2017 registration to surpass 750 children in the program. This spring, Lower Bucks Lacrosse has over 340 children playing, with 65% of those being Lower Makefield residents. Their home field is in Middletown Township and has been for many years once they outgrew the space available at Macclesfield Park. Numbers in lacrosse have held steady over the past three years, but the league has been conservative in growing through outreach due to a lack of space for practice and games.
This leaves our local sports organizations (and others looking to grow or start operations in LMT), in search of alternate locations. There are simply not enough playable fields in LMT to support the growth of our sports and others like field hockey, rugby and ultimate frisbee.
Macclesfield Park is utilized beyond capacity. The fields are being destroyed from overuse, and the volume of cars going through the park during practice and game hours creates a potential hazard for our players and families getting in and out of cars.
The need for these fields is evident to anyone who has been or is currently involved, as a volunteer or a participant, and the benefits will be felt by all of our leagues. This new facility will help resolve the current space issues, ease the high usage levels at Macclesfield, improving the park’s overall appeal and reducing safety hazards, which in turn will make the sporting experience better for our young athletes and their families, no matter which sport they choose. In addition, the new park, will also give all the members of our community more options to be outside and be active.
Additional informational links:
*MEMO FROM LOCAL SPORTS ORGANIZATIONS TO LMT PLANNING COMMISSION
*MUSCO LIGHTING INFORMATION
*SAMPLE OF OLD LIGHTING TECHNOLOGY VS NEW LIGHTING TECHNOLOGY
*BUILD SNIPES (FACEBOOK PAGE) - A place for supporters of Lower Makefield Youth Sports to gather online and to advocate for the improvement of the township’s park and recreation system.