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Pa. rec site receives boost

August 21, 2000

Pa. rec site receives boost



By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro


GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Antrim Township's plan to convert a 136-acre farm into the township's premier recreational park got a little boost from a federal grant to widen the roads around the park for pedestrian and bicycle traffic, Township Administrator Ben Thomas said last week.

A $111,000 federal grant announced through U.S. Rep. Bud Shuster's office will pay for some of the work. The cost of the entire road expansion, which will widen more than five miles or roads around the park for pedestrian and bicycle use, is estimated at $320,000. Construction on the roads won't begin until 2002.

Shuster's grant comes from the federal Transportation Enhancement Act, which is aimed at improving roads for pedestrian and bicycle use in municipalities, Thomas said. The money comes to Antrim Township through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The township applied for the money, Thomas said.

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The construction will widen about two miles of Grant Shook Road from Pa. 16 west of Greencastle to East Weaver Road from 18 feet to 28 feet. Shank's Church Road will be widened from 25 feet to 28 feet and East Weaver Road from 20 feet to 28 feet. All of the work will be done in the roadways' existing rights of way. No new land will have to be acquired, Thomas said.

No specific bicycle or pedestrian pathways will be built, but the roads will be marked to designate their use, Thomas said.

Construction on the first phase of the park starts in mid-September. A deceleration lane off Grant Shook Road will be built to provide easy access to the park. Building of the first road into the park will also begin.

The first phase also calls for construction of a playground area and installing its equipment. A half-mile-long trail with handicapped access is also part of the initial construction. The first three-mile stretch of a walking trail system through the park will also be built starting this year.

The park will offer several multi-purpose playing fields with construction of the first ones to start this year. About six acres will be developed at first, Thomas said.

About 60 acres of the park's land is level farmland. The rest is in hilly woods which will provide plenty of passive recreation opportunities, Thomas said.

The second phase will include construction of six ball fields and four soccer fields. A large pavilion with rest rooms is also planned. Smaller pavilions will also be built, as will picnic areas. A large barn that came with the property will be renovated for office space and other park uses.

Township supervisors bought the farm in January 1999.

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