Jackson Township's first park -- Stone Ledge Park -- is expected to open on or around May 18.

State legislators, representatives of the Pennsylvania Department of Natural Resources, township officials and the public will be invited as details of the event firm up.

"We are wrapping up the odds and ends of Stone Ledge Park," township engineer Jeff Shue said. "Hopefully, it will be wrapped up prior to next month. We are real close now."

The supervisors recently approved ordering four, seven-foot picnic tables and bolting them down in the park. One table will be handicapped accessible.

Community volunteers are planning to erect the play equipment on April 10, Supervisor David Brown said. Brown said he planned to be there to help.

The park is being built on 6.7 acres that Jackson Heights' owner J.A. Myers gave to the township in lieu of a recreation fee. The neighborhood park is at the intersection of Ledge and Mesa drives in the Jackson Heights subdivision, between Route 116 and Grandview Road. The park will consist of a playground, half basketball courts, walking path, open area for free play and a small pavilion.

The park's name was derived from its geographical characteristics of being built on a ledge with a stone base.

Another park: An appraisal of $1,310,000 was received for a second of two possible areas that the Jackson Township supervisors are looking into for future recreational development.

The appraisal is for a property along Lake Road adjacent to the Spring Grove Area School District campus. The supervisors agreed to share the appraisal with the property owner to see if he has any interest in selling to determine if any further consideration should be given to the property.

It is more than 80 acres and would be suitable for a regional park. A couple of soccer fields and five or six baseball fields could be built on the land, which is located within the urban growth boundary area south of Route 30.

The supervisors are waiting to hear back from the Catholic Diocese in Harrisburg concerning the second property under consideration.

St. Rose of Lima has been talking with township officials about having a joint recreational use of its playing fields with the township.

Manager William Conn and Vice Chairman David Brown met with the church council on Feb. 27 to discuss the project. The property is actually owned by the Catholic Diocese in Harrisburg, Conn said. The church's property is on the west side of North Biesecker Road.

Also, Oldcastle Industrial Minerals in Thomasville has offered to donate a piece of land on the north side of Route 30 for the recreation project, Conn said.

The Oldcastle and St. Rose of Lima School properties combined would total almost 30 acres. About 15 would be usable for recreational fields, which could accommodate about six fields. The site would meet the needs of a neighborhood park.