Update: No Plans for Homeless Population in Green Lane Park
At the March 9, 2023 Board of Supervisors Meeting, concerns were raised regarding the potential relocation of homeless residents to Green Lane Park. Following research and discussions by our staff with representatives of Green Lane Park, it was reported that in the fall of 2022 the County was approached by an organization interested in utilizing the Green Lane Park’s campground for a winter housing option for homeless populations in Montgomery County;
Meetings were held between this nonprofit organization, the park, and county officials to consider this option. There was no communication with representatives of Upper Frederick Township during this consideration process. It was determined during these meetings that Green Lane Park does not have adequate facilities to accommodate fulltime resident populations, namely no electricity and no water during the winter months. Additionally, the County Solicitor reviewed the Upper Frederick Township zoning ordinance and determined the zoning does not support long-term living situations within the park. Based on these factors, it was determined that Green Lane Park is not a good alternative for such housing and the proposal was not pursued further.
Additional concerns were raised at the March 9, 2023 meeting regarding potential illegal activity in the park. According to representatives of Green Lane Park, they are not aware of any increase in illegal activity in the park, but it was noted that the park rangers leave at dusk, so they are not there in the evening. It was also noted that, due to age and disrepair, the gates at the parking lot located near Snyder Road and Deep Creek Road were removed by County representatives. The State Police have been made aware of these concerns and they report there has not been an increase of drug/homeless related calls for police action. If residents notice suspicious activity they are encouraged to call the State Police at 610-584-1250 if it is a nonemergency situation. For emergencies, 911 should be called.
If you have any other concerns about this or other issues impacting our township or its residents, please contact the township at 610-754-6436 or e-mail email@example.com