Playground equipment being added to Pa. park

June 02, 2005|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - By the end of the month, children at Washington Township's Pine Hill Regional Park will be able to enjoy more than $32,000 of new playground equipment.

Township crews started to assemble and install the equipment last week, said Jerry Zeigler, code enforcement officer for the township and chief overseer of the 174-acre recreation area off Mentzer Gap Road east of Waynesboro.

Construction of the park, the land for which the township began acquiring in 1992 with the first 140 acres, began in 1994. The project is in its third phase, Zeigler said.


Completed so far are more than three miles of hiking trails, ball fields, restrooms, some roads, parking lots and utilities, several pavilions, horseshoe pits, and landscaping and tree planting.

This year's projects include the playground and its landscaping, another pavilion and a skateboard park now in the design stages.

Subsequent land purchases in 1996 and 2001 made the park contiguous with the township's 22-acre Red Run Park.

Pine Hill also will be contiguous with the new Washington Township Boulevard, the relief route that eventually will serve as a bypass around Waynesboro and Pa. 16.

The boulevard, site work for which started last week, along with Rouzerville Commons, a new shopping center anchored by Wal-Mart and Lowe's, eventually will have a walking path along its length to link the park with eight new housing developments that the supervisors rezoned land for in 2003 and 2004.

Eventually, Zeigler said, residents in those developments and one planned for the former Diller Farm off North Welty Road, will be able to use public walkways to get from their homes to Renfrew Park and Pine Hill.

Within two years, according to plans, the boulevard will extend to Pa. 997 in the vicinity of Tomstown Road. In five years, Zeigler said, it will extend to Pa. 316.

Final plans call for the bypass to run from Pa. 16 in Rouzerville at the entrance to the shopping center east of Waynesboro to Pa. 16 west of the borough at Prices Church Road.

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