Lower Burrell considers recreation area for 90 acres it owns along Dutchman Run

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Lower Burrell is exploring outdoor recreation facilities for a park project on undeveloped property along Dutchman Run.

The city purchased the 90 acres for $24,500 in 1967 from a local couple. The property remained undeveloped for decades.

“When we first hiked it, it was clear the potential there was limitless,” said Lower Burrell Councilor Chris Fabry. Possibilities include trails, archery, camping, an obstacle course or a public safety training area, he said.

The time is right, as the city is working with a company on a comprehensive plan for its other five parks.

“Although it’s not an immediate project, we are starting to lay the groundwork for what will be something special,” Fabry said.

The city had considered building a park there before. In the early 2000s, when the city purchased the land of what is now Kotecki Park, it looked into the Dutchman Run property.

Former Lower Burrell Mayor Don Kinosz said access and utilities were issues. The terrain is generally hilly but also includes a large flat area.

Kinosz said the biggest hurdle was that there wasn’t a lot of money available during his tenure to develop the park.

Fabry said facilities might not be as essential for this park.

The other parks in the city already have facilities dedicated to athletics, walking, fishing and playgrounds.

“The 90 Acres would have their own identity focused on outdoor activities such as hiking, archery, camping, etc.,” he said.

Mary Ann Thomas is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Mary at 724-226-4691, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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