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First part of Sunset Park trail completed in Londonderry Township

By Laura Hayes

laurahayes@pressandjournal.com

717-944-4628
Posted 1/15/20

The first phase of the trail at Sunset Park has been completed and is open to the public, Londonderry Township engineer Andrew Kenworthy announced during the Jan. 6 Board of Supervisors …

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First part of Sunset Park trail completed in Londonderry Township

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The first phase of the trail at Sunset Park has been completed and is open to the public, Londonderry Township engineer Andrew Kenworthy announced during the Jan. 6 Board of Supervisors meeting. 

This first phase included grading, stormwater cross pipes, other infrastructure, and the trailhead, which is near the rugby field being built along Sunset Drive.

Kenworthy said during the meeting the township wanted to take a limited approach while the rugby field was under construction.

In the past, Kenworthy said that the trail, which would be about 2.4 miles of trail and sidewalk, would be paved as much as possible, and township manager Steve Letavic said the township wanted to dedicate the trail to veterans.

The trail would run past the Harrisburg Rugby Club Football field and along the western edge of Sunset Golf Course before connecting to the proposed Lytle Farms housing development.

The rugby club broke ground on the field in November 2018. In an email, Letavic said the club is doing the final grading and seeding of the fields in the spring and finishing the parking lot and stormwater management.

“The fields will have to grow for a season before they will be able to be played on. I would anticipate that the fields will be ready to be played on in 2021,” Letavic said.

Construction of phase two is anticipated to start in the late summer or fall, Kenworthy told the Press & Journal. He previously said this phase would include parking, restrooms, signs and extending the trail.

During the meeting, Letavic said the restrooms would be  composting toilets used in national parks.

“The idea of putting everything where it was is we wanted to center a trailhead where that facility would be able to be used by multiple users, and that’s always the goal is trying to produce a cohesive project — multiple uses, multiple people, a centralized area,” he said.

He added that he thought it would serve that location, which also has nearby ball fields, well.