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Washington Twp. Supervisors open to creating a walking running trail

December 16, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, PA. -- Working off a proposal from an area restaurant owner, the Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors on Wednesday said they're open to the idea of creating a walking and running trail across the municipality.

Robert Curley suggested the supervisors use undeveloped portions of Washington Township Boulevard for a recreation trail.

The supervisors said they want to get feedback from residents to determine whether the trail would be used. They asked that residents call the township office at 717-762-3128.

"I think we need to put a feeler out," Supervisor Stephen Kulla said.

Supervisor Christopher Firme suggested gravel collected off roads this winter be used to make a base for the trail on the boulevard extended from its current ending at Old Forge Road.

Legal issues about liability need to be examined, Kulla said.

Firme said he would imagine use of the trail would be at the user's own risk, such as hiking the Appalachian Trail. He said he talked to the township planning commission this week about the proposal.

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"They felt it was a good idea," Firme said.

Township Manager Mike Christopher said agreements with property owners could allow the trail to extend to Country Club Road, but not farther west.

Kulla talked about forming a committee to develop the trail, but Firme suggested involving the existing Washington Township Boulevard committee. The board said runners and walkers could probably park at Wal-Mart and the Robert E. Stum Soccer Complex.

Resident Lori Frantz questioned whether an ambulance could reach an injured pedestrian in some of the areas where a road isn't developed.

"I think it's a great idea," she said. "This is one of the things to be discussed."

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