New faces in Penn State’s administration and board of trustees open the way for an enlightened approach to the region and university/community relations.
More respect for and compliance with regional plans, especially in regards to rapidly disappearing open space and farmlands, could be implemented in all new land transactions.
Moreover, for the first time the university could actively promote the establishment of a major new park focused on nature and opportunities for children and adults of all ages to encounter wild creatures, beautiful plants and quiet spaces just minutes away from the heart of town.
The human need for such spaces is well-documented in Richard Louv’s book, “Last Child in the Woods.” As one essential current step in the right direction, Penn State should cancel the sales of its land in Ferguson Township to Toll Brothers and find ways of devoting the same land to an expanded nature park of regional significance.
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