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History of Recreation

In the late eighties the North Cornwall Recreation Association was established to promote youth programs and to build & improve the ball field facilities within the Township. For many years, the Neversink Fire Company has sponsored a little league team and allowed the use of their field for youth baseball programs. Because of their generosity, the Township agreed to maintain the Fire Company baseball field, located at 19th and Walnut Streets. Through fundraising, volunteerism, and Township Recreation funds, a new backstop was installed and improvements were made to the bleachers, dugouts, and the field.

In 1996 the Association approached the City of Lebanon Authority, who owned five acres of land along Dairy Road, about leasing the site for ball fields. The Township entered in to a lease agreement for a minimum yearly fee and with the help of the Township funds and private donations this site was developed and became the Dairy Road ball fields. Designated as temporary fields until Township owned facilities were developed, the Dairy Road Fields have been in utilized for over ten years and currently used for the North Cornwall Recreation Association Little League Baseball Programs and the Annville / Cleona - N. Cornwall Youth Soccer Programs.

The Township Supervisors realized the need for recreational facilities and in 2002, approved Resolution 2002-10 and Ordinance 229, which required developers to pay a fee based on lot value. Then in 2006, Ordinance # 229 was amended which states; at the discretion of the Board of Supervisors, developers were to provide a percentage of acres for recreation or a fee in lieu of land, depending on the Township's need at the time. Any money acquired is held in an interest bearing Recreation Escrow for Developers Account and earmarked strictly for recreational expenses. Funds must be utilized within three years of deposit, if not, the Township must forfeit the money back to the developer. Since 2002, the funds have helped considerably in purchasing, building, and maintaining Township Recreational Facilities and Equipment.