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Chambers Fort Park details to be unveiled Tuesday

May 21, 2001

Chambers Fort Park details to be unveiled Tuesday



By STACEY DANZUSO / Staff Writer, Chambersburg


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The public can hear details and offer input on plans for an expanded Chambers Fort Park, including a memorial to area veterans, at a meeting Tuesday.

The Chambers Fort Park Committee, which includes some members of the Chambersburg Borough Council, area veterans and local residents, will brief the public on plans already underway at the meeting. Attendees will also be asked for ideas on how to make the park attractive and best honor veterans, said councilman and committee member Tom Newcomer.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the Eugene C. Clarke Jr. Community Center on South Third Street.

Newcomer said he hopes the meeting will generate more public involvement in the park's planning process, as a similar Rails-to-Trails open house in March did.

The park, which will be expanded in conjunction with the Village on the Falling Spring project, is about a third of an acre at the confluence of Conococheague Creek and the Falling Spring.

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The Joint Veterans Commission, which has been interested in the project since the start, has until this fall to work out details of a memorial to veterans in the downtown park.

They have many questions still to answer, including whether the memorial should recognize veterans from all conflicts or selected conflicts, and whether recognition should include Chambersburg residents only.

In a letter to the council, Allen Melius, commander of the Joint Veterans Council of the Chambersburg Area, outlined the group's visions.

"We think it would be valuable to carefully develop and situate interpretive historical signage or markings in the park," he said. The signage would communicate things such as the layout of the Chambers Fort and stockade, sketches of the buildings that stood on the site and the verbal story of why Benjamin Chambers settled in this part of the country.

The council adopted the footprint of the park last fall. Plans call for the elimination of much of the existing blacktop to expand the park, which is between King Street and Lincoln Way East, just south of Main Street.

If plans proceed as scheduled, it will be at least a year before the design work and construction documents are completed.

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