Recreation grants land in Franklin

June 06, 1997


Staff Writer, Chambersburg

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - More than $55,000 in state grant money awarded in Franklin County will help make the great outdoors even greater.

Franklin County, Chambersburg, Waynesboro, Pa., and Washington Township have been awarded a total of $58,500 in Keystone Community Grants administered by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources .

Franklin County received a $25,000 grant, which will pay for half of a recreation, park and open space planning program, said Phil Tarquino, county planning director.


The state grant will be matched with a federal community block grant the county has already received.

The money will allow the county to go ahead with a study of its existing recreational facilities along with future plans with input from the public.

The plan will include a look at the possible recreational opportunities of 1,500 acres of the Letterkenny Army Depot.

Franklin County's six school districts, recreational facilities, parks, service clubs and athletic associations also will be considered in the study.

Waynesboro's grant of $5,500, which matches borough money of the same amount, will help pay for a feasibility study of Northside Pool on Brown Street.

"This is strictly a study to find out what needs to be done to make the pool more economically sound," said council member Vicki Huff, who oversees youth concerns.

A consultant, Recreation Planning Associates of Lancaster, Pa., will try to find out what the borough can do to generate more interest and more income for the 25-year-old pool.

When the results are in this fall, the borough plans to apply for another grant to help pay for the improvements, which could begin in about two years.

The priority will be to resurface the pool and upgrade the filtration and chemical system. The children's pool also needs a complete overhaul, including fixing the leaking drainage line and a new filtration system, Huff said.

Preliminary plans also call for making the swimming pool handicapped accessible by either building a lift or redesigning the pool to include a handicapped ramp.

Indoor renovations include replacing the carpet, painting and installing new showers in the locker rooms.

After two unsuccessful tries, Washington Township received a $10,000 grant which will be used to create a master plan for Pine Hill Regional Recreational Area off of Mentzer Gap Road.

A consultant will be hired to determine the best way the 150-acre property can be developed over the next 20 years, said Township Manager Michael Christopher.

Chambersburg borough, the recipient of an $18,000 grant, will use that money to study the development of a planned hiking and biking trail, Tarquino said.

About 25 acres of the property have already been turned into two baseball fields and construction of a soccer field is underway.

The plan will consider input from special needs groups, church and civic groups, sports leagues and any other interested parties, Christopher said.

"This is not going to benefit just Washington Township," he said. "It's a regional facility which will benefit the community as a whole."

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