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Handicapped-accessible paths may be ready by this summer

May 01, 2001

Handicapped-accessible paths may be ready by this summer



By STACEY DANZUSO / Staff Writer, Chambersburg


Handicapped-accessible paths could be in place at Chambersburg Memorial Park as early as this summer, borough officials said.

The Chambersburg Borough Council agreed at the council's meeting last week to hire Dennis E. Black Engineering Inc. to plan the paths.

The council set aside $48,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds for the project two years ago, said Herb Dolaway, recreation supervisor.

He said one path will begin at the parking lot next to the bandshell and run behind the bathrooms and bandshell, allowing access for handicapped performers or visitors.

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It will extend beyond to the soccer field, where it will end.

The second path will begin at the parking area by the pavilion shelter and run to the ball fields.

Dolaway said he hopes the borough will provide the funds in the future to connect the two paths in a loop.

Original plans connected the two paths, but because of grant stipulations they had to be split, Dolaway said.

"The original plan was not acceptable for this type of funding because it benefited more than just the disabled," said Gary Norris, borough planner.

The Department of Community and Economic Development, which funds the grants, rejected the first design because as a loop, it would serve more than just disabled visitors.

Dolaway said he hoped bids for construction would go out this month and the paths would be completed by June or July.

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