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Progress being made on Rotary Park in Waynesboro

February 26, 2007|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - As snow melts in Waynesboro, the local Rotary Club hopes to see lush grass at its park on the south end of town.

The park - planned in 2005 during the 100th anniversary of Rotary International - was seeded last year, and 125 trees have been planted, said Jim Rock of the Rotary Club of Waynesboro's park committee.

Donations and members' workdays have taken the park from paper to reality, Rotary President MaryBeth Hockenberry said.

"We've gotten probably a quarter-million dollars of work done on $100,000 cash," she said.

Paving crews put base coats on the driveway and parking lot before Christmas, and benches and trash cans are awaiting placement. A basketball court donated by the American Legion will be constructed in the early part of this year, Rock said.

"We're also trying to raise some money to pave the parking lot this spring," Hockenberry said.

Water and sewer lines have been extended to the future site of restrooms, which will require $30,000 to be raised, Rock said.

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Hockenberry said the Foundation Dinner will benefit the park project. The dinner May 4 at Waynesboro Country Club is open to the public. Tickets cost $100.

"Most everybody in the club has put time or money into (the park)," Rock said. "Neighbors are very happy with it."

Hockenberry is looking forward to seeing people walking or biking at the park in the spring.

"We want people to go and look at it and say, 'Wow,'" Hockenberry said. "We want it to be a 'Wow' park."

One 30-foot-by-50-foot pavilion already has picnic tables available, and another pavilion is included in future plans. Those plans also involve an area with the Rotary insignia, a wall honoring donors and a flag pole.

"It's something we're really proud of and want to make sure it's maintained," Rock said.

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