Lower Burrell is exploring outdoor recreation facilities for a proposed park on a vacant lot along Dutchman Run.
The city bought the 90 acres for $24,500 in 1967 from a local couple. The property has been undeveloped for decades.
“When we first walked it, we knew the potential was limitless,” said Lower Burrell City Councilman Chris Fabry. Possibilities include hiking trails, archery, camping, an obstacle course or a public safety practice area, he said.
The timing is right as the city is working with a company on a comprehensive plan for its five other parks.
“Although this isn’t an immediate project, we’re starting to lay the groundwork for something special,” Fabry said.
The city had previously considered building a park there. When the city bought the land for what is now Kotecki Park in the early 2000s, it looked at the Dutchman Run property.
Former Lower Burrell Mayor Don Kinosz said access and utilities were problems. The terrain is generally hilly but also includes a large flat area.
Kinosz said the biggest hurdle was that there wasn’t much money available to develop the park during his tenure.
Fabry said facilities may not be that important for this park.
The city’s other parks already have facilities for athletics, hiking, fishing, and playgrounds.
“The 90 acres would have their own identity and focus on outdoor activities like hiking, archery, camping, etc.,” he said.
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