Since breaking ground for the West Manheim Township Recreation Park in January 2007, some progress has been made toward making the park usable. A very preliminary road and some parking has been cut into the park, along with some leveling of the ground.
More substantial changes should be made this fall and winter with the installation of a picnic pavillion. Also this fall, a team of people will mark out the first set of walking and bicycling trails in the park. While the trails will initially be dirt, there are plans to upgrade parts of the trail to a smoother, more permanent surface. Watch for announcements that the trails are ready for use! The Park and Recreation Board has also teamed with the Hanover Area Alternative Sports Association to develop areas for skateboarding and BMX riding. The group has developed a design for the skateboard park, and are now working with architects to refine it and ensure safety. The BMX trail could be a quick-win for the park, as the existing terrain in the area designated for the trail is very conducive to BMX riding. Additional volunteers for this effort would be appreciated. There is a great need for other volunteers in order to fully develop this park. Donations of the usage of earth-moving equipment, and donations of time to run the equipment would be most welcome. Once some areas have been leveled, volunteers to help build baseball, soccer, and football fields are greatly needed. The Park and Recreation Board also needs assistance in organizing and running fund-raising activities, speakers to reach out to community organizations to spread the word about the park, and people who are willing to spend a little time to contact businesses (both within, and outside of, the greater Hanover area) to develop partnerships that will benefit both the park and the business.
The Park and Recreation Board meets on the second Monday of every month at 6 p.m. at the Township building.
For more information, please contact the Park & Recreation Board Chairman,
Christine Gienski, 717-633-5572, between the hours of 5:30 – 9:00 p.m.