Pine Hill taking shape

June 09, 2000|By RICHARD F. BELISLE, Waynesboro

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Construction of a pavilion and the beginnings of nearly three miles of hard-packed hiking trails, most to be accessible for handicapped residents, are shaping the 150-acre Pine Hill Recreation Area into a premier municipal park.

The 46-by-68-foot pavilion, the first major building construction in the park off Mentzer Gap Road, will cost about $100,000 to build and equip, said Jerry Zeigler, zoning enforcement officer for Washington Township. "It will be the central building for the athletic play area and will also be available for family picnics and reunions," he said.

Money to pay off the mortgage and build the pavilion came from the sale of 40 acres of selectively cut timber, Zeigler said.

The state also provided a $30,000 grant, he said.

Two smaller pavilions plus volleyball courts and horseshoe pits will be built, he said.

The township has received a $62,000 federal grant to build nearly three miles of hard-packed hiking trails that will be accessible for wheelchairs. The 8-foot-wide trails will be marked and have ample parking, Zeigler said.


"The total project will cost about $77,000," he said. "We built a 400-foot experimental trail last year to see how it would fare over the winter and it did very well," he said.

Future plans call for a teenage area with in-line skating and street hockey courts, a skateboard area and parking.

A master plan for the park was drafted by a 15-member committee of citizens and local officials from Washington and Quincy townships and the Borough of Waynesboro. The park is a regional facility for use by residents of all three municipalities, Zeigler said.

The planners, working with a paid consultant, wanted to create an area that would become a hub of community activity.

Washington Township bought 140 acres from Lebanon Valley College for $130,000 in 1992. Ten acres were bought later.

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