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Planned park to bear name of late Chambersburg mayor Redding

July 10, 2007|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A proposed park will be named for the late Mayor John A. Redding Jr. following a unanimous vote Monday by the Chambersburg Borough Council.

Redding, 76, died May 21 from complications following heart surgery. He was elected mayor in November 2005.

Phyllis Cauffman, a resident of the Maple Run Development in the Gabler Tract in the borough's North End, came to the meeting with the signatures of more than 200 residents asking the council to name the park in memory of Redding, who also served on the borough council.

The property is about 6 acres in the Gabler Tract that has been designated for recreational development. Developers can contribute land or money to be used for recreational purposes, according to a borough ordinance.

At a June public meeting on the design plans for that parcel and two other parks, Cauffman suggested naming the park for Redding.

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At that same meeting, Ann Yost of YSM Architects said the Gabler Tract park design was geared to "empty-nesters," the older couples and retirees living in the vicinity of the park. Yost outlined amenities including bocce courts and walking trails with fitness stations.

Recreation Superintendent Herb Dolaway told those attending that June meeting that funding to develop two of the three parks, including what will now be known as the John A. Redding Jr. Memorial Park, has yet to be secured.

"I think it's a fitting and permanent memorial to John and his efforts" for the community as mayor, councilman and private citizen, Council President William McLaughlin said Monday night.

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