Camp Olympic Park Master Plan

Lower Macungie Township | Lehigh County, PA

This project was partially funded by the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund Grant Program administered by the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

AEG worked to provide the essential stream relocation studies, hydraulic and hydrologic (H&H) analyses, and environmental features assessments needed for the Camp Olympic Park Master Plan. Camp Olympic Park is a 102-acre park located in a High-Quality Coldwater Fisheries Watershed and an area of high flood inundation that contains a Class A Wild Trout Stream.

The park’s location at the confluence of the Little Lehigh and Libert Creeks presented unique H&H challenges as both riverine and backwater flooding occur. Backwater flooding occurs when the inundation from the larger Little Lehigh Creek backs up the Leibert Creek channel, forming a flooding pool that has little velocity. Historical aerial photographs revealed that both types of flooding occur frequently and deposit upstream sediment in and around the park complex. Additionally, in one park area, Leibert Creek flows through an unsustainable channel contained by concrete walls.

The main goals of the master plan included creating a sustainable community park focused on natural resource protection and passive recreation as well as minimizing park maintenance and downtime after flooding events. AEG provided input on surface types, stormwater management, and flooding assessments to promote better use of the park and to protect and enhance both water quality and the stream environment.

The master plan provided a palette of several incremental goals and measures to be accomplished over the next 15 years. These include relocating Leibert Creek; restoring streambanks, forested areas, meadows, and orchards; installing a trail system and environmental education elements; reusing existing site buildings; and adding a new access road, restrooms, pavilions, sports and play areas, and other facilities. AEG provided options for proceeding within the township’s existing restrictive municipal ordinances and made recommendations to adapt the ordinances to accommodate desired future growth.