The Pocono Area Recreation Commission is starting to make progress on some of the ideas in its master site plan for Skywood Park in Paradise Township.
PARC is working on a new ice skating rink, improvements to the sledding hill and possibly the construction of a dog park.
"The focus is to make the park a four-season park," said Shelli Angle, PARC chairwoman and a Mount Pocono councilwoman. "Now that the master site plan is done, we have an idea of what it could become."
PARC runs the park with representatives from Mount Pocono and Paradise and Barrett townships.
The park's master plan, paid for with a $15,000 state grant, contains about 10 ideas for improvements. Even if PARC approves an idea, the plans still have to go back to the respective municipalities for approval. And if those improvements cost money, chances of gaining municipal approvals are pretty slim.
"In an economy like this, parks are way down on the list of things to spend money on," Angle said.
Four items the commission is considering:
Dog park. It's been controversial within the commission because not everyone thinks it's necessary. Troutman said she counts herself as one of those people but at its July meeting, the commission approved a dog park and is awaiting word from the municipalities on how to proceed.
The Monroe County Dog Park Alliance is working on a plan to build the park without expense to the commission or the municipalities.
Whether it fits in with the park is up for debate with municipal officials, but it has some support within the commission.
"It's the idea I like a lot," Troutman said. "I think it will bring people to the park, it's not expensive and you can play whatever age you are. Plus, there's not a terrible environmental impact."
There are also ideas on the master plan for amenities such as beach volleyball and improvements to the fitness trail. Angle said if PARC decided to undertake all of the projects, it would take about three to five years.
"But just because it's on the master site plan, that doesn't mean we can or it will get done," Angle said. "It just means there is potential for it. We'd still have to apply for grants and get funding for each item."