CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - Plans for three new neighborhood parks in Chambersburg have advanced to the "pre-final design" phase, but funding to develop one is limited and essentially is nonexistent for the other two.
The Recreation Department held a meeting Tuesday for additional public input on plans for the parks - 4.6 acres at the Nicholson Square development; 8.6 acres at Mill Creek Acres; and 6 acres in the Gabler Tract. About two dozen people, including four members of the Borough Council, attended the meeting.
Recreation Department Superintendent Herb Dolaway said the borough has about $300,000 to develop the Mill Creek Acres site, but no funding for "anything but cutting grass" at the other two. A borough ordinance requires developers to provide land for recreation or pay a fee for recreational development.
The parks would have similar amenities, said Ann Yost of YSM Architects, including picnic pavilions, trails and multipurpose fields. The unnamed park at Nicholson Square would have two half-court basketball courts and a playground with areas for children of different ages.