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Proposed Wayne Heights, Pa. park has trails, spots for fishing

November 06, 2007|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Plans featuring walking trails and fishing spots were unveiled Monday for a passive recreation park in Wayne Heights, Pa.

Little public comment was offered during a hearing for the plans drawn up by residents serving on a park committee in partnership with Ann Yost, a landscape architect with YSM of York, Pa.

Yost said Antietam Meadows Park, accessed from Scott Drive, will provide three things - walking trails, fishing access and environmental education.

Antietam Meadows Park will have limited public access to protect the site, which has several wetlands, Yost said.

"One of the reasons we wanted to stay with a mowed trail is because we know the site floods," she said. "We don't want to see stone dust flowing down the creek."

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The next steps in the process will be to form cost estimates and schedules to develop in phases, Yost said.

The township supervisors acquired the 24 acres along the East Branch of the Antietam Creek when negotiating with a developer.

The park will not have pavilions, but it will have a couple of picnic tables and a 10-vehicle parking area, Yost said.

Boardwalks will be required to bridge wetlands, she said.

Hugh McNeill, of Country Club Road, asked that the boardwalks be constructed in a way that doesn't contribute to the pileup of debris.

Additional foliage will be planted, Yost said.

"We want to enhance the ecological function of the stream with vegetation," Yost said.

She said she will give consideration to a resident's suggestion to incorporate biking trails.

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