Quincy officials celebrate plans for Heritage Park

September 24, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH |
  • Quincy Township Supervisors, Franklin County Commissioners and U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster are joined by Washington Township officials, local chamber of commerce officials and area business people during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday for a new park in Quincy Township, Pa.
Photo by Jennifer Fitch

QUINCY, Pa. — Politicians and business leaders gathered off Mentzer Gap Road on Monday to cut a ribbon at the future site of Heritage Park, the first municipal park in Quincy Township, Pa.

Crews will be converting an existing storage building into a concession stand, upgrading a softball field and starting an exercise trail. Their efforts mark the first phase of a six-phase project that could someday be a nearly 14-acre park.

“With everyone working together, good things happen,” said U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., who spoke at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Quincy Township received state grant money to start work and purchased 6 1/4 acres adjacent to municipal property, according to Township Supervisor Bob Gunder.

Franklin County (Pa.) Commissioner Bob Thomas said the project reminds him of the beginning stages of Memorial Park in Chambersburg, Pa. He said both initiatives involved planning and foresight.

“Had they not planned that (in Chambersburg) before the town was built out, that land would be houses without an opportunity to do that,” Thomas said.

Franklin County is one of the fastest-growing counties in Pennsylvania and will continue to grow because of its proximity to Baltimore and Washington, D.C., Shuster said.

“Families can come here, be healthy and have good, wholesome fun,” Shuster said of the park.

Gunder said planning for the park has been under way for years, after the township supervisors concluded it was not feasible to work with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to make changes at Mont Alto State Park. The township partnered with Melham Associates, a landscape architecture firm, to form a five-person committee.

Phase two of the park calls for tennis and basketball courts, a play area, a pavilion and restrooms. Phase three includes a horseshoes pit, gazebo, play area and additional parking.

Phase four features an overnight camping area for Scouting groups and a sledding hill. Phase five calls for more parking, a pavilion and restrooms.

The township will be using its own crews and equipment, Gunder said.

“Friends of the Quincy Heritage Park” is seeking volunteers to aid in park development. For more information, call the township office at 717-762-5679.

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