Cranberry buys land for park expansion
April 29, 2013
CRANBERRY TWP — One of the township’s parks got bigger and the supervisors Thursday evening approved a sales agreement to buy two parcels for $550,000. The property is a little more than 6 acres. The acquisition of the two properties will allow for the expansion of North Boundary Park, which is recommended in the Cranberry Plan, said Cranberry manager Jerry Andree, who said the township got the properties at a very fair price. The township paid $210,000 for 1.70 acres at 9671 Goehring Road and $340,000 and 4.67 acres at 9659 Goehring Road from the Marjorie M. Reynolds Family. North Boundary Park off North Boundary Road is one of the township’s three community parks. The other parks are Community Park off Route 19 and Graham Park off Rochester Road. Originally bought in the mid-1990s, North Boundary Park totaled 128 acres. The park included the township’s Water Park, picnic shelters, a walking trail, baseball field, three soccer fields, a wetlands study area, sledding hill and playground. Supervisor David Root was the lone supervisor who voted against the purchase. While Root said he realized it was an “opportunistic purchase,” it bothered him that “we had to raise taxes and we’re buying land.” The supervisors had voted in 2012 to raise property taxes from 10.65 to 13 mills. Supervisors held the line on taxes for this year.