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Township to add more playgrounds at Pine Hill

July 23, 2004|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Pine Hill Recreation Area took another big step this week toward becoming Washington Township's premier regional park.

The Washington Township Supervisors have decided to start spending a $55,000 matching grant received two years ago from the Pennsylvania Department of Natural Resources, said Gerald R. Zeigler, the township's code enforcement officer.

The money will pay for $30,000 worth of new playground equipment to augment the existing swing set at the playground area on top of the hill and the construction of two new pavilions, Zeigler said.

The pavilions are part of the third construction phase of the park, which eventually will include five pavilions.

The concrete pads for the two newest ones are in place, Zeigler said.

Two gazebos are planned for the park, with one already under construction by Christopher Oliver, a local high school student. Oliver is building the gazebo for his senior class community project and as a requirement for his Boy Scout Eagle award.

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Zeigler said area students and scouts have contributed to several projects at the park off Mentzer Gap Road near the Beartown area of the township.

"The township buys the materials and they do the work," he said.

The park's main large pavilion was built two years ago.

Zeigler said the township wants to build a skateboard area and a roller hockey rink at the park next year.

"We plan to meet with skateboarders so they can tell us what they want," he said.

That's part of the township's philosophy in developing the park - learning what is wanted by those who are going to use it, he said.

The township bought the original 140-acre tract for $130,000 in 1992. Another 34 acres have been added to bring the total to 174 acres.

The latest purchase made Pine Hill Recreation Area contiguous with the township's Red Run Park.

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