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Park plans shared

September 15, 1998|By DON AINES

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A skateboard park, roller hockey rink and multipurpose building are among facilities included in an ambitious master plan for Washington Township's Pine Hill Recreation Area.

Landscape engineer Ann E. Yost outlined the concept Monday night for members of the committee of community representatives overseeing planning for the 150-acre park.

Baseball and softball fields in a section off the Mentzer Gap Road entrance have been used for three seasons, according to Gerald Zeigler, the township zoning code enforcement officer who is coordinating the project.

Zeigler wants the plan to be completed before the end of the year so the township can apply to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for funding. He said much of the work so far was done with township equipment, summer youth workers and volunteers such as Boy Scouts.

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The state will match half of whatever the township raises for the project, which Yost said will be "well in excess of $1 million. Parks are very expensive."

"I doubt very much you'll see anything major happen until next spring," said committee member Norman Lanzer, who lives near the recreation area.

In addition to the existing fields and trails, the eastern portion of the park eventually could include a family activity area with a 70-foot-by-100-foot multipurpose building, three pavilions, four horseshoe courts, three volleyball courts, playgrounds, restrooms and 125 parking spaces.

An adjacent teen area would have the skateboard park and roller hockey rink, an in-line skating loop and basketball courts.

In the western portion of the area, plans include several athletic fields and another 105 parking spaces.

"Anything of this nature is typically phased in," Yost said. Zeigler said the work would be done as money becomes available.

Township Manager Michael Christopher said the committee includes residents of Waynesboro and Quincy Township, along with Washington Township residents.

"We're becoming more of a joint community all the time," he said.

Waynesboro Councilwoman Vicki Huff said the borough and township also have cooperated on planning for the borough's Northside Pool.

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