Washington Township - 1779
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13013 Welty Rd, Waynesboro, PA 17268

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Washington Township Receives $210,000 GTRP Grant

Washington Township Receives $210,000 
Greenways, Trails & Recreation Program Grant 

On September 17, 2019, the Washington Township Board of Supervisors were notified of a $210,000 Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program (GTRP) grant for trail system improvements at the Monterey Pass Battlefield Park and Museum. The grant was one of 108 awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) for park and recreation projects throughout the Commonwealth. The GTRP funds will assist the Township in implementing a comprehensive trail improvements project at Monterey Pass.
“On behalf of the Board of Supervisors, we would like to express our gratitude to Senator Mastriano and Representative Schemel for their dedicated support of this project,” said C. Stewart McCleaf, Chairman.
The planned trail system improvements project will complement several existing facilities at Monterey Pass – the site of a Civil War battle during the Gettysburg Retreat. Over the last several years, a new museum and parking area have been constructed to support and attract visitors to the site. Currently, there are several existing trails along the Monterey Pass trail system; however, there is a need to link these trails to improve overall connectivity of the system and to other recreational amenities in the area.
“One of the main goals of this project is to provide safe pedestrian connectivity between the Monterey Pass Battlefield Museum along Buchanan Trail East and the trailhead along Charmian Road. In addition, we are planning for the construction of new trails, a camping area and an observation deck at Monterey Peak,” stated Township Manager Jeff Geesaman.
Senator Doug Mastriano (R) said, “I applaud Washington Township for working to promote the historical significance of Monterey Pass. It is my pleasure to champion continued recreational development of this highly impactful historic site in Franklin County.”
“Continued improvements at Monterey Pass are beneficial to the entire region. The proposed project will complement previously completed enhancements and will ready the site for the next generation of history and outdoor enthusiasts,” commented Representative Paul Schemel (R).

The project has also received strong support from the Friends of Monterey Pass Battlefield, Inc. The Friends is a 501(c) 3 dedicated to promoting and supporting educational programs, historical preservation, community improvement projects, cultural activities, and special projects that benefit the preservation and interpretation of lands with historical significance of the Monterey Pass Battlefield

Please send any questions or comments to Jeff Geesaman, Township Manager at jbg@washtwp-franklin.org.