People rally in an effort to reopen a popular park

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MARTIC TOWNSHIP, Pa. - A few weeks ago, Talen Energy, the company that owns 400 acres in Martic Township, Lancaster County chose to close the property off from the public. The land includes Holtwood Park and an entrance to Kelly's Run Trail, the county's only national recreational trail. Talen recently sold the power plant and much of the land around it, but they still own the park. On their Facebook page, Talen explained they do not plan to maintain the property and therefore having people on the property would be a liability.

"They're not being very good neighbors right now by not taking care of the land. So, let's say okay this is private property and it's their property where is the accountability in at least mowing the property for the neighbors who have to live here and look at this," said Malinda Harnish Clatterbuck.

Clatterbuck and about 20 other people, who use the park, gathered outside of the entrance on Saturday in an effort to express their frustration and get some answers.

"Even though we were away for 15 years, when I saw that Talen closed this, it really did hit my heart and it hit my wife's heart, it really did because, my son played here," said David Ellenberg.

Talen did recently have a phone meeting with Lancaster County Conservancy to work out a way to re-open parts of the park. Furthermore, officials from Martic Township have said they are working with county, state and local officials to come up with a solution. No definitive decisions have been made.

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