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Pine Hill Recreation Area making progress

October 23, 2000|By RICHARD F. BELISLE, Waynesboro

Pine Hill Recreation Area making progress



WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Washington Township's Pine Hill Recreation Area is making progress toward its goal of becoming a premier regional park and recreation area serving Washington and Quincy townships and the Borough of Waynesboro.

The Washington Township Supervisors have received from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources a $62,000 grant, which will go a long way toward building more than two miles of handicapped-accessible trails through the 150-acre park under construction off Mentzger Gap Road.

The township will kick in a $15,000 match to finish the project, which will include a parking area, said Township Manager Michael Christopher.

This year the township spent about $100,000 building a 46-by-68-foot pavilion that will become the central building for the athletic playing field area of the park. The pavilion is expected to become popular for family picnics and reunions.

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Profits from the sale of about 40 acres of timber at Pine Hill plus a $30,000 state grant paid for the pavilion.

The first 700-foot section of the 8-foot wide, hard-packed, wheelchair-accessible trail was put in the fall of 1999 to test how the surface would weather over the winter. According to Jerry Zeigler, township zoning enforcement officer and coordinator of the Pine Hill project, the surface stood up well.

The next step, Christopher said Monday, is to draft an application for another $100,000 from the state. Those funds would require an equal local match, for a total of $200,000 for four smaller pavilions - including the rehabilitation of one at the township's Red Run Park which is in dire need of repair, Christopher said.

Work at Red Run Park, which abuts Pine Hill on the west, will include some paving of roads and parking lots.

The new money will also pay for tot and youth playgrounds at Pine Hill, volleyball courts and horseshoe pits. "These will be projects for next year," Christopher said.

He said the township will ask area businesses and corporations plus civic and nonprofit organizations to help the local government come up with its $100,000 share for the Pine Hill and Red Run projects. "This is a big apple for us to bite into," Christopher said.

The township also will seek state money to buy an additional 22 acres adjacent to Pine Hill, Christopher said. He said the amount of the grant won't be disclosed until the deal goes through.

A 15-member committee of local officials and residents drafted the master plan for the Pine Hill project.

The township bought the original 140-acre tract for $130,000 in 1992 and added 10 more acres later.

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