Parks & Recreation
Washington Township owns and maintains four parks located within the Township boundaries: Red Run Park, Pine Hill Recreational Area, Happel’s Meadow Wetland, and Antietam Meadow Park. These parks are maintained by our public works crew, who work regularly to keep the parks clean and safe for those who go to enjoy the parks.
Pavilions are available to rent for the day during warm weather at Red Run Park and Pine Hill Recreational Area. The 2017 Pavilion Fee Schedule lists each of the pavilions at Red Run Park and Pine Hill Rec Area showing its fee for a day’s rental and the number of people it will accommodate.
While Red Run, Pine Hill, and Happel’s Meadow have been in existence for many years, Antietam Meadow Park is new, and the Antietam Meadow Park Committee along with the Antietam Watershed Association and Washington Township personnel are in the process of designing this newest addition to the Washington Township Parks and Recreation Department.
Our parks are open to all who wish to use them, whether you are a resident of the Township or not. Each park has unique qualities and offers a variety of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Red Run and Pine Hill both have pavilions available for rent for group activities by calling the Township office, or for use on a first come, first served basis without reservation.
There is play equipment at each of these two parks, and Red Run Park has a creek running through it and a bandstand with live bands on Sundays provided free of charge, all summer long.
Happel’s Meadow is a wetland preserve, and while it is beautiful to drive by during certain times of the year, the Township is planning ways to make this park more accessible and hands-on to the general public. An adjoining parcel of land was acquired recently for use as a parking area and possibly a future nature center. These plans are a ways off, but with this unique wetland area located in the Blue Ridge Summit area, it provides an opportunity for viewing the very natural beauty of nature.
RED RUN LAKE
The popular Red Run Park is located on PA Route 16 and Pine Hill Park with walking trails and ball fields is located on Mentzer Gap Road. Both parks are easily accessible to all citizens. The two wetlands are Antietam Meadow Park and Happel’s Meadow.
Two additional parks are located in the township and are operated by others. Zullinger Community Center and the Sheffield Manor recreation area are available for people in those areas.
The Comprehensive Recreation, Park and Open Space Plan can be read by clicking on the highlighted link.
Franklin County has created a draft – Greenway and Open Space Plan. The executive summary can be read by clicking on the link below.
Draft Franklin County Greenway and Open Space Plan Executive Summary
The complete Greenway and Open Space Plan may be read at the township office.