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Ground broken for borough's newest park

July 27, 2005|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Next week, bulldozers will begin tearing into a long-vacant, nine-acre field near the Wayne Gardens subdivision to turn it into Waynesboro's newest recreational park.

Members of the Waynesboro Rotary Club, along with local officials and neighbors, broke ground Tuesday for the new park in the field bordered by Park and Eighth streets, and Anthony and Fairview avenues. The borough owns the field.

The local Rotary Club hopes to raise about $180,000 for the initial construction phases.

Rotarian Jim Rock showed about 30 people present for the groundbreaking what the park will look like at the end of the year.

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The entrance will be off Ninth Street with a gravel road leading into a main parking lot. Across from the lot, a storm-water retention pond will collect runoff from the field.

The field will be graded and about a mile of walking paths will be built around and through the park. About 200 trees will be planted around its perimeter.

A restroom and playground also will be built this year, according to the plans.

Eventually, tennis and volleyball courts and a horseshoe pit will be added.

The Rotary Club is working with the Waynesboro Recreation Board on the park, which will be maintained by the borough.

Local organizations are encouraged to establish fundraisers for future park projects.

Jeff and Joan Tucker of 325 W. Ninth St. live close to the entrance to the park. Both said they were happy to see it built.

"It's a nice open field, but now it will be mowed regularly, so it won't affect my daughter's and granddaughter's allergies," Joan Tucker said.

The field was only mowed about twice a year, she said.

"Sometimes the grass would get this high," she said, raising her right hand about 3 feet off the ground.

State Rep. Patrick Fleagle, R-Franklin, secured a $35,000 grant for the park.

"I knew that this was a good project that will enhance the quality of life for the residents of Waynesboro, particularly those in the South end of town," Fleagle said Tuesday.

Mayor Louis M. Barlup said the park will be welcome in Waynesboro as a place for all ages to relax and enjoy, a safe, beautiful place where families can meet and play.

"It will be a positive contribution to life in Waynesboro," he said.

The 85-member Waynesboro Rotary Club celebrates its 85th anniversary this year. The club took on the park project as its contribution to the 100th anniversary of Rotary International.

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