Antrim Township gets funding to extend shared use trail

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

Antrim Township will be able to expand its shared use trail program will the help of a grant program.

The Franklin County Commissioners last week approved the recommendations from the selection committee for the Tourism and Quality of Life Enhancement Grant Program which grans $20,000 to Antrim Township for the extension of a shared use trail connecting the community park on Grant Shook Road with nearby neighborhoods.

Fourteen applications, with project costs totaling more than $658,000, were received during this first grant round.  Six projects were recommended for funding. In addition to Antrim Township, the grants went to:

• MACWell for the construction of a streamside trail along Johnston Run in the Borough of Mercersburg, $40,000;

• Capitol Theatre in Chambersburg for the repair of the theatre marquee, $25,000;

• Historic Letterkenny Chapel and Franklin County Veterans and 9/11 Memorial Park for repairs to the concrete and marble base of the 9/11 Memorial, $15,000;

• Renfrew Museum in Waynesboro for the reconstruction of a historic summer kitchen with the addition of a bake oven, $45,000;

• Washington Township for the purchase of a historic piece of property preserving an area relating to the Battle of Monterey Pass, $100,000.

Commissioner and board chairman Dave Keller said, “We established this program to preserve our history, to improve biking, hiking and walking opportunities, and to enhance tourism. The projects we approved today are exactly the kind of projects we had in mind when we established the program.”

Commissioner Bob Thomas said, “Franklin County has many treasures that make our quality of life what it is. These great assets range from historical to recreational.  I am glad we could do our small part to make it better.”

The Tourism & Quality of Life Enhancement Grant is funded solely by a 3 percent county tax on hotel lodging and Marcellus Shale impact fees.