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Work on new Waynesboro park could be done by midsummer

March 17, 2005|by RICHARD BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Work will begin soon on a new park to be built by the Waynesboro Rotary Club on 91/2 acres of borough-owned land near the Wayne Gardens subdivision, club members said.

The Borough Council gave the $200,000 project its official blessing Wednesday.

Jim Rock, a Rotary Club member, said the work could be done as soon as midsummer.

The council also announced that state Rep. Pat Fleagle, R-Franklin, secured a $35,000 grant to build a pavilion in the park.

The 81 Rotary Club members will donate a portion of the cost before going out to the community for donations, said Robert Zimmerman, a past club president.

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Each member has been challenged to give $1,000 toward the project, Zimmerman said. Some can give more and some less, he said.

The 85-year-old local club launched the park project as its part in Rotary International's 100th anniversary this year, Zimmerman said.

Rock said the service organization is committed to the first phase of the new park. After that, the club will take on other projects in the park and urge other local organizations to do the same.

The field is bordered by Park and Eighth streets and Anthony and Fairview avenues. The borough bought the field in the 1970s for eventual use as a park.

The field became a center of controversy several years ago when the Stallions youth football organization wanted to turn it into a playing field and concession stand. Protests by Wayne Garden residents helped to defeat Stallions' plan.

Rock said Wayne Gardens area residents support the Rotary Club's project.

It still has to go through the borough approval process as a land development plan.

The first phase of the Rotary's plan, as spelled out by Rock Wednesday, includes a pavilion that measures 20 feet by 40 feet, walking trails, including some that will be handicapped accessible, benches, a small playground, landscaping, a parking area and storm-water management.

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