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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Meeting Wednesday On Austin Dam Project Open To Public

Meeting Wednesday On Austin Dam Project Open To Public

January 18th, 2010

markeraustinAnyone interested in the planned expansion of the Austin Dam Memorial Park and the centennial observance of the 1911 Austin flood is welcome to attend Wednesday’s meeting of the Austin Dam Memorial Association (ADMA), to be held at 7 pm in the Austin Firehall. ADMA and Austin Borough are partnering on an ambitious plan with elements of recreation, economic development and historic preservation. A Pittsburgh-based company has been hired to develop a master plan for expansion of the park around the historic Austin Dam ruins, with a goal of linking it with Austin Borough. Officials believe that the project will allow them to capitalize on the broken dam’s tourism potential while expanding recreational opportunities.

Austin Borough Council, which is partnering with ADMA to make the plan a reality, has accepted a bid from Pashek Associates, a landscape architect and community planning firm, for $60,600. Three separate state grants will cover the cost.

A Centre County architectural firm, Albertin Vernon, is also involved with the project. The company specializes in cultural and historic marketing and interpretation, adaptive structure reuse and exhibit design.

A major component of the project is a southern access point to the park that could link it with Austin Borough and establish a recreation trail with historical attractions between the two locations. Austin Borough owns about 17 acres that encompass the ruins of a paper mill and other deteriorated structures along Freeman Run. ADMA owns 76 acres to the north. Another 20 to 30 acres in the region are owned by Patterson Lumber Company.

Those who want to become involved are welcome at Wednesday’s meeting, or they can contact Tracie Gordnier at 647-3318 or austindam@yahoo.com.

5 comments :

Anonymous said...

What a joke !

Anonymous said...

What a tribute to people who care about the future of the community and preserving it's special history.
The joke is on you 8:22 for refusing to think about the future or to join in on building your community. Too easy to sit back and complain, isn't it. Get out of the way! What are YOU doing to help your community?

Anonymous said...

this is not a joke
this is history of the area and
all the hard work already put up
by many in the past. good luck in your endeavors and hats off to all
involved and the boro of austin for recognizing this potential.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like 8:37 & 8:58 are either council and or adma members ! All the locals know its always been about a select few getting paid !Tens of thousands of dollars maybe more have been donated over the past 25 or so years ! Yet no one will say where it has all gone !When you are open and honest with everything you will get more support !

Anonymous said...

Go to an ADMA meeting if you want to find out about $s coming in and how they're spent. I probably don't know everyone on the ADMA Board, but some of the people I do know are the fine people who are committed to preserving this area's heritage. The current board is very dedicated and trustworthy. We're fortunate to have them undertaking this endeavor.