Perkasie thinks of community's future
Beautification, park enhancements, possible meeting center
The Perkasie Borough Council has launched plans for a beautification program for the borough.
Councilman Chuck Brooks, chairman of the Quality of Life Force Committee, introduced four main goals to be implemented as part of the program.
“We are in the beginning stages of this process. At each meeting we will get a little further in reaching our goal,” Brooks said.
According to Brooks, the beautification program will include cleaning up the town from graffiti and removing trash as well as restoring the town center. The program is expected to span over the next few years.
The council will be seeking to reach out to groups and clubs in the community for their input.
Members hope to include the involvement of high schools, key clubs and national honor societies and organizations that are interested in community service or volunteering.
Brooks hopes that in the future the community can work together as a cohesive group to have one big community day in the park. Ideally on Earth Day or sometime in the fall in the next few years.
The other two goals include the council’s quarterly objective to update the borough’s web site with information containing emergency numbers and points of interest and introducing a more refined drug prevention program.
Brooks presented the idea of constructing informational packets that will be available to students who enter middle and elementary schools.
“The goal is to get information into the home and expand from there,” he said.
In addition, the council hopes to add a park identification board that will be placed by the entrances to the park where visitors from out of town would gain a better idea about what to do and see in Perkasie.
The two-way park sign board would list a description and information concerning local establishments and restaurants. The reverse side would provide a map of Perkasie’s established points of interest such as the library, carousel, and Menlo Park.
The board will also highlight community days and events coming up in the future. Stores and establishments in Perkasie are also projected to have the opportunity of being able to purchase and utilize space on the board.
It is anticipated that point leaders will be assigned for each of the four objectives to execute the plans.
James E. Purcell, council vice president also mentioned the possibility of opening a community center in the center of town. The community center would be available to clubs and for celebrations and open on Saturdays for farmers’ markets. It would be open to the public and community.
Purcell suggested that it be located in the former SEPTA train station, across from the tree lighting ceremony.
“It’s something to offer as a community,” Purcell said.
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