Upper Allen Generations Park Master Plan
With the purchase of 60.9 acres of land, the Upper Allen Township Commissioners set the course for Generations Park.
The overall vision for the site respects the uniqueness of the property – its land forms, vegetation, and wildlife – as well as its location, closeness to the Yellow Breeches, agrarian history, and overall open and airy feel.
Public engagement was a large part of the overall project process and helped to guide the design at each stage of the master plan.
The final plan includes designated zones for passive, transitional, and active spaces. According to the plan, 39 acres would be dedicated to passive activities, defined as those that need minimal built facilities, involve individuals or small groups of people, and minimize stress on a site’s resources. Some of these activities include walking, hiking, biking, and birdwatching.
Transitional activities would take place on about 12 acres of the park. These help bridge the gap between passive and active zones and include frisbee, cornhole, picnics, and horseshoes.
The master plan includes 10 acres of space reserved for active pursuits, categorized by their need for built facilities and larger groups of people. These also tend to generate more noise and movement within a space and include playgrounds, skate parks, and fitness areas.
Commissioners’ President Kenneth Martin said, “In terms of the final report, I’m thrilled because of the variety of activities and experiences the project can offer.”