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WASB members asked to allow land to be used for trail

Harry Morningstar Jr. envisions a walking trail that connects parks

August 10, 2010|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- A trail of 2,500 miles begins with a single step, and for Harry Morningstar Jr., that first step is getting the Waynesboro Area School Board to agree that its land can be used for a recreational trail.

Morningstar, a member of the downtown revitalization organization Main Street Waynesboro Inc., addressed the school board Tuesday about a walking trail that remains in the planning stages. The first portion of that trail would connect Renfrew Park to Memorial Park.

The path would cut across the rear of school district property and connect to an unopened portion of Fourth Street.

Morningstar asked the board to consider some sort of right of way or easement for the trail, which he said would probably not have lighting or paving. Future sections would connect other Waynesboro parks, and might someday link to the Appalachian Trail, he said.

"This is an important step to making this vision a reality," Morningstar told the school board.

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Board members asked questions about liability, legal and surveying fees, and responsibility for upkeep. Morningstar responded that those details would need to be negotiated with the school board's solicitor.

"The concept sounds really good, as long as we don't increase our liability," board member Chris Lind said.

Some board members had questions about which portions of district property would be involved.

"I would welcome a short hike with you folks," Morningstar said.

He said he wanted to attend Tuesday's board meeting to introduce the idea, and he plans to talk to the Waynesboro Borough Council soon about the section of Fourth Street that is part of the plan.

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