Public input sought on future of Detweiler Park


Dauphin County leaders are hoping to get the public’s opinion on the future of the county’s newest park Detweiler Park. 

The county was able to acquire the land last year through a donation, DCNR grants, and gaming dollars. 

Located in Middle Paxton Township near Routes 225 and 325 outside of Dauphin, the park is 411-acres. It has open fields, a pond and wildlife. 

Now county leaders want to see what it can become. 

“We now have been blessed with that park. A very sizeable park right in the middle of the county and we want to make sure we take the time to do what’s right for our community. We want to hear them out. We want to hear what their desires are,” said Jeff Haste, Dauphin County Commissioner. 

There’s a survey on

They have already collected some feedback. 

“You have seven miles of walking trails, it would be nice to have somewhere to sit,” said Haste. 

Recommendations will be used to develop a master plan which will be finished in about a year.

To pay for projects, commissioners hope donations and the sale of personalized chairs for $200 each can spare taxpayer expense.

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