COAL TOWNSHIP - The Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area (AOAA) Authority members are exploring options on protocol for businesses and residents to donate to the park.

At the authority's workshop meeting Monday, the members decided to take the issue to the marketing committee, who will then make a recommendation for approval of the authority at a regular meeting.

At this point, three levels are being considered: $100, $250 and $500.

The first level would allow name recognition on the website and display at the trailhead. The second level would allow a logo for the donating business with a link on the website, a logo on a sign, one coupon and a small advertisement. The third level would allow all the options of the second level plus a larger advertisement.

The question was brought up about alienating businesses who don't donate since part of the AOAA's goal is to foster economic growth in the area.

The committee will meet March 17 to discuss the sponsorship issue.

The authority and committee members will also be meeting soon to develop a grand opening plan in order to be ready for business by May.

The more volunteers that are available on the day they open, the more tours can be given and the more breaks people would be permitted to have.

Chairman Jim Backes said it's difficult planning for such an event without knowing exactly how many people would show up.

During the grand open, the authority members would be in charge of different aspects: Backes will be in charge of greeting dignitaries, Pat Mack will be in charge of trails, Dave Crowl the vendors, Barry Yorwarth the property and parking and Mike Schwartz the volunteers.

A clean-up day and free ride to prepare the park for opening will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 29 and April 12. The first three hours will be dedicated to cleaning up the property, lunch provided by One Smart Cookie will be served at noon and the last three hours will be dedicated to a free ride.

In other business, the authority discussed setting a price for multiple AOAA certificates for users' other vehicles, and whether magnetic decals would be appropriate.