Township receives $250,000 for upgrades to park


ROUZERVILLE—The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) has awarded Washington Township $250,000 for enhanced park services.

As a result, township officials are finalizing plans to install Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant playground equipment and features at Red Run Park in Spring 2023.

The township will match the $250,000 grant with funds allocated from the American Rescue Plan (COVID relief funds) that were awarded to the them.

The Red Run Park upgrades will include paved walking trails, ADA-compliant playground equipment, and ADA-compliant crosswalks. In addition, the sand under the existing playgrounds will be removed and replaced with engineered rubber mulch.

Two rain gardens will be constructed for stormwater management and shade trees/native shrubs will be planted. “Upgrading the play equipment at Red Run has been a top priority for the supervisors,” said Assistant Township Manager Vernon Ashway. “In fact, some of the infrastructure hasn’t been touched since I was a kid. We are grateful for the investment in our parks from DCNR and our elected officials in Harrisburg.”

Ashway said it has been four decades since Red Run Park’s amenities were thoroughly upgraded, and two decades since Title III of ADA became effective.

“Red Run is one of the most heavily utilized parks in the township and providing new recreational opportunities that serve the needs of all residents only makes sense,” said Supervisor Stewart McCleaf. “This is an enormous investment in our recreational facilities and serve our families well for decades to come.”

Red Run Park, the oldest park owned by Washington Township, is a 22-acre park that was presented to the Borough of Waynesboro in 1938 and was conveyed to the Washington Township Supervisors in 1969. The park consists of a man-made lake, picnic area, playground equipment, public restrooms, concession stand, and miniature train.

The lake closed for swimming in the 1970s, but has continued to be used for fishing, and is a very popular spot year-round. Continued development of Red Run Park resulted in three major community events occurring at the park annually, construction of additional picnic pavilions, special needs fishing pier and ramp to the pier, installation of a miniature train, tunnel, and station.

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