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Township to discuss its recreation plan

February 20, 2004

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - An informational meeting on Washington Township's comprehensive recreation plan will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the township office on Welty Road.

The recreation, park and open space plan inventories the existing recreational areas, including the 2,000 acres of Michaux State Forest in the township, the 174-acre Pine Hill Park off Mentzer Gap Road, the adjoining 22-acre Red Run Park and Happel's Meadow Wetlands near Blue Ridge Summit, Pa.

It also details how those recreational assets will be developed, including proposals for walking trails to link a township park and the 107-acre Renfrew Museum and Park, which is in the township but belongs to Waynesboro.

"The meeting will be to take comments on two things, the recreation plan and the ordinance setting the fee," Township Manager Mike Christopher said. The plan calls for a one-time fee on new building lots to fund the planned recreational improvements.

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"The fee could be anywhere from $300 to $1,500, Christopher said.

In lieu of the fee, the plan would allow developers to set aside land for recreational purposes based on the number of housing units in a development.

Residents, developers and other interested parties can comment at the meeting on their goals for recreation in the township, what should be included in the plan and the fee, Christopher said.

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