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Baldwin Resident Wants to Revamp McAnulty Park

And other notes from Tuesday night's borough council meeting.

McAnulty Park

Ever been to McAnulty Park? Ever even heard of it? You're probably not alone.

But Brian Urban sure has, and he sees room for improvement.

Urban, a lifelong Baldwin Borough resident, is seeking no reimbursement for his time and effort but asked the Baldwin Council during its meeting on Tuesday night to allow him to seek funds for borough officials to use in revitalizing the park.

The park is made up of a hilly green space, a walking trail, a gazebo and basketball/tennis courts and is found between Meadowcrest Road and Carmen Drive in south Baldwin (behind McAnnulty Elementary School).

Borough Manager John Barrett called the park on Tuesday, "admittedly, very underutilized."

"Trash, graffiti, drug use, underage alcohol abuse, poor safety conditions and so on and so forth," Urban said when describing what he believes to be the park's current, unfavorable use. "Point being is it's not attracting the positive attention that it should be. It's been there for a long time—beautiful park at one time, still has the ability to (be that again)."

Urban, who has fundraising experience while working for the Obediah Cole Foundation, estimated that, should he be able to raise between $25,000 and $50,000, he could significantly revamp the park.

"It could be, potentially, a senior recreational fitness park, using a variety of different trails to walk upon in a zigzag formation throughout the hill," Urban said, while also saying that he would like to get rid of the basketball/tennis courts.

"This is no cost at all to the borough," he said. "I want to increase our borough value."

Councilman Michael Stelmasczyk cautioned his colleagues and Urban that, should the borough build something at McAnulty Park, someone then has to maintain whatever is built, meaning that a continual stream of money may be required.

Barrett agreed, saying, "We learned our lesson from (municipal) playgrounds that we need to keep an eye toward the future."

Stelmasczyk also wished to hear feedback from other south Baldwin residents to see if they, too, would like to see the park's features changed.

The council agreed informally on Tuesday that there isn't much risk in granting Urban permission to seek funds and/or sponsors. Borough solicitor Stanley B. Lederman said that he will draft a letter that allows Urban to do just that for the council to consider at a future meeting.

Shade Tree Commission Eyes Baldwin Municipal Complex

Fresh off of planting almost 30 new (and free) trees at Brentwood Park, the Brentwood-Baldwin-Whitehall Multi-municipal Shade Tree Commission now has its sights set on the Baldwin Borough Municipal Complex.

Representatives of the commission asked the Baldwin Council on Tuesday night to grant them permission to plant between 15 and 20 new trees at the complex, free of charge to the borough.

The council agreed informally to allow such a thing—Councilman Bob Collet said, "Please do"—and Councilman Ed Moeller requested that Barrett put an item on the council's agenda for next week's meeting that could make permission official.

Moeller said that the council might authorize the planting in general terms and decide on a specific location—municipal complex or otherwise—at a later date.

Mayor Absent

Baldwin Mayor Alexander R. Bennett Jr., who is on vacation, was absent from Tuesday's meeting.

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Stella Eperthener February 14, 2013 at 02:07 PM
Living in the neighborhood of this park, I have fond memories of my Dad and I going to the "basketball court", which used to have nice tennis areas as well, and playing tennis. This area used to be very nice and welcoming, but there is very limited lighting beyond the street entrances, and I think that is why it is such a source of "unfavorable use", as the article puts it. It would be nice to see it revamped and put back into positive use.
Tyrion Lannister February 14, 2013 at 07:04 PM
Colewood Park is another goofy little South Baldwin park that you wouldn't know was there unless you had kids that played soccer there.
CD July 20, 2013 at 11:09 PM
I have lived down the street from this park my whole life, but anytime my friend and I wanted to go and hit some tennis up there over the summer months, our parents forbid us... The new wave of young people coming into the neighborhoods surrounding this park will need somewhere to take their kids where it is safe to play... Changes must occur!!
Shelley July 21, 2013 at 08:17 AM
I have lived down the street from there for 30+ years and would love to see something positive done to it. The tennis courts and and basketball courts are seldom used. To see something positive in the neighborhood would not only increase property value but increase community togetherness.
South Baldwin September 17, 2013 at 04:11 PM
senior exercise course my ass...urban will have his football teams down there working out all day probably with the rest of community having nothing to do..Like i seen in a previous statement there are a lot of new family's coming to the neighborhood..These kids are going to grow up and need somewhere to go and play and stay out of trouble.. I hope you utilize the space wisely Mr Urban
CD December 04, 2013 at 05:50 PM
South Baldwin, I know Mr. Urban personally. He works with kids of all sports, not just football. He works closely with the Ice Hockey Club at the high school to condition them over the summer, so that come september, when they step on the ice, they are in tip top shape to try and compete again with the rest of the programs in our area. Mr. Urban is a great, very smart guy, and don't you worry... Whatever he does for the space, will be something worthwhile for the whole community.

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