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The residents of the Campton Township community have long valued the open spaces and recreational opportunities provided by the rural atmosphere.
A growing population created a need for active recreation sites that led to the first baseball field which was located where the parking lot of the Campton Community Center now exists. In the 1960s, a field was built in the current location behind the building, and yet another built later on lands donated by the developer to the north.
Continuing desire for ball fields and other amenities led to the creation of La Fox Fields located on La Fox Road south of Route 64 and Anderson Park on Brown Road. Much of the groundwork for these properties was done by volunteers from the community and the ball leagues.
Residents and volunteers have been the driving force behind creating and maintaining these recreational amenities that have been a wonderful asset to the community.
Though the township had some active recreational facilities during the mid-1990s, the familiar rolling hills, farms and pastoral views of Campton Township had quickly begun to yield to a sea of subdivisions. To residents concerned with this fast pace of development, a plan to protect the township’s open lands was an immediate need. A grass roots group of township residents began looking at how best to protect a way of life and the beautiful contours of the landscape before it was forever altered.
The Open Space Plan identified the need to preserve distinctive features of the Township, including:
The plan also recognized the need to provide relief from residential and commercial over-development which would deplete the area’s natural resources, create flood-prone impervious surfaces, diminish the quality and quantity of water supplies, as well as exacerbate the overcrowding in the schools and traffic congestion on the roads.
In July 2000, the grass roots group filed a petition with over 900 signatures to support the Township designing a plan to buy and develop land for active and passive recreational purposes under the Township Open Space Act. In April 2001, with an Open Space referendum of $18.7 million, the Board began its first purchase of open space properties. A second referendum passed in April 2005, approving an additional $28.2 million to fund the Program. To date, over 1,300 acres of parks, easements, farmland and open space have been protected.