LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP – Lock Haven University Clearfield Campus plans to develop a multi-use recreational and fitness trail network and outdoor education spaces on its 100 acres located in Lawrence Township.
The property is owned by Lock Haven University (approximately 75 acres) and the Clearfield Educational Foundation (approximately 25 acres), which supports the planned use and has committed to lease their portion of the land for this purpose.
Projected uses include walking trails, fitness stations, passive recreation, natural play areas and ‘outdoor classrooms’ for formal and informal environmental education activities.
The multi-phase project will begin with the creation of a Master Site Development Plan. A planning consultant will coordinate public engagement activities to gather pertinent data that will result in a final plan that will serve as a blueprint to guide subsequent development of the property.
The Master Site Development Plan phase of the project is tentatively set to be completed by the fall of 2017, with subsequent development of trails and other areas to follow.
The timing of the completion of the final phase of the project is still to be determined. The outdoor recreation and education area, upon completion, will be open to public use in addition to being an outdoor education resource for the University.
To help cover the cost of phase one of the project, LHU Clearfield has been awarded a grant in the amount of $23,500 from the Community Conservation Partnerships Program administered by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR).
DCNR is committed to building community conservation partnerships with local governments and non-profit organizations to protect critical natural areas and open space, develop greenways and trails, provide quality park, recreation, and conservation opportunities and to improve the quality of life in Pennsylvania’s communities.
The DCNR grant award to LHU Clearfield supports the advancement of recreation and conservation opportunities for both the University and community.
Matching funds in the amount of $23,495 funds have been committed by the Commonwealth Finance Authority through the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and their Greenways, Trails, and Recreation Program.
DCED funds will be used to support the work of the planning consultant. The total project cost to complete the Master Site Development Plan amounts to $59,170.