Swatara Township is now working towards the development of the new Mario and Clorinda Schiavoni Park. It will be used as a regional facility to serve the entire community. The 15 Acre Park is located in the eastern-most quarter of the Township. It borders the Swatara Creek on the east, Bridge Road on the south, Hoss’s and In-Gear Bicycle Shop on the west and the Beaver Creek Townhouses to the north.
Hummelstown Borough recently provided our Commissioners with a letter supporting the park site as it will be located directly across the creek from the Hummel Trail and Shope Park. This park will join two other newly acquired recreation areas, the five acre Margie McNaughton Memorial Park and Bishop Park which is comprised of nine acres.
The Recreation Committee, Chaired by Commissioner Kevin Sidella is currently seeking ideas for the development of our newest park. Some of the ideas we have received already are for a boat access area located off the paved parking area, full length soccer field, picnic pavilion, tot lot and nature/walking trails. If you would like to make a suggestion please do not hesitate to contact Brent Smith, Recreation Director for the Township at 564-2551 or Commissioner Sidella’s home at 558-0390 (please remember to leave a message). We welcome all suggestions.
The Schiavoni Park is the result of the Board of Commissioners and the Recreation Advisory Boards dedication over the last four years to provide an increased amount of quality open space to Swatara Township residents. In that time we have been able to increase the amount of recreation space in Swatara Township by over 50%.
SWATARA TOWNSHIP RECEIVES COMMUNITY CONSERVATION PARTNERSHIP GRANT AWARD FROM THE PA DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Swatara Township, thanks to a grant from the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), has purchased fourteen (14) acres of Swatara Creek Greenway land that was owned by Mr. Mario Schiavoni. The Schiavoni Tract is a beautiful wooded parcel of land located right along the Swatara Creek on the opposite side of the Hummelstown Trail. Plans for development are in the beginning stages. Public comment for development of this park is welcomed. Please contact the Recreation Department with your ideas. Recreation Director Brent Smith is very pleased to be able to utilize the $50,000 grant to help develop the tract.
DCNR is the primary source of state support for PA recreation, parks and conservation initiatives. Grant funding from DCNR assists hundreds of communities and organizations across Pennsylvania to plan, acquire and develop recreation and park facilities, create trails and conserve open space. DCNR Deputy Secretary Cindy Dunn said "These grants allow us to partner with communities so that they can expand and improve the wonderful assets that make the places we call home vibrant and attractive." Funding for this grant comes from the Keystone 93 Growing Greener Fund.