Work to begin in coming months on Quincy Township's first municipal park

April 03, 2011|By JENNIFER FITCH |
  • Here is an artist's rendering of a park proposed to be built next to the Quincy (Pa.) Township building off Mentzer Gap Road.
Submitted photo

QUINCY, Pa. — Development of the first municipal park in Quincy Township, Pa., is slated to begin in the coming months, after years of planning.

Construction equipment will clear brush and level the future sports field at the park off Mentzer Gap Road.
“We decided we want to construct in five phases,” Quincy Township Supervisor Bob Gunder said.

The township supervisors received a Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources grant to design Quincy Township Heritage Park, then learned that land adjacent to the planned park was available for purchase. Another DCNR grant allowed the township to purchase those six acres.

“That was a matching grant. We had to come up with $75,000,” Gunder said.

Gunder explained that the township received approval in November 2010 for further DCNR funding. The municipality will provide $100,000 in cash and in-kind labor to match $100,000 from the state for construction of the first phase.

“The check is in the mail, so to speak,” Gunder said.

Quincy Township collects recreation fees for housing developments with six or more lots. Gunder said the supervisors intend to use those fees for the park in coming years and not raise property taxes to complete the project.

In the first phase, the existing parking lot at the municipal office building will be enlarged. Crews will add an entrance and possibly create a one-way path to reduce use of the existing entrance, which has limited visibility for motorists.

Later, a pavilion will be built off the main park drive, which could someday connect to Creager Road. That pavilion will be clustered with a playground and athletic courts, which have not been designated yet for basketball or tennis.

The playing field will be designed for softball and Little League, Gunder said.

Future phases could include areas for overnight camping, sledding and additional pavilions.

“It has a lot of possibilities,” Gunder said.

If built as designed by Melham Associates, a Harrisburg, Pa., firm, the park would cost up to $1 million, Gunder said.

“If we don’t get (grants), we’re going to have to downsize our vision,” he said.

Someday, trails could link Quincy Township Heritage Park to Mont Alto (Pa.) State Park and state forests to the east, according to Gunder.

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