BURNSIDE - Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area authority members said at Monday's work session that they will be happy to gate a vehicle access point in the third patch.

Authority members decided to draft a letter to Coal Township commissioners endorsing the gate. The letter will be presented and voted on at the Aug. 18 public meeting.

Authority member Patrick Mack said he was unaware of any issues at the Third Patch until he read that Bear Valley Road residents presented a petition at the June Coal Township meeting seeking a locked gate.

Jim Backes, authority chairman, supported installing a locked gate. He said the gate, which all authorized users would have keys to unlock, would cut down on dumping on AOAA property.

"There's a lot of illegal dumping there," said Backes. "Once we get over there we're going to have to clean that property up."

Authority member David Crowl presented information on the AOAA's work with Eastern Industries to secure the border. Crowl said in addition to physically blocking pathways between AOAA and Eastern Industries property, 11 cameras were installed to catch trespassers.

"They're working great with us," added authority member Barry Yorwarth.

Authority members also announced the park will open for four days during the last weekend of August for Labor Day. Backes said the park will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 29, and Monday, Sept. 1, in addition to the park's regular Saturday and Sunday hours.

Backes said the park would continue operating from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays from Aug. 29 until winter hours are announced.