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On June 19, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held at Detweiler Park in Middle Paxton Township. The new 411-acre park is the largest of Dauphin County's eight parks.
On June 19, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held at Detweiler Park in Middle Paxton Township. The new 411-acre park is the largest of Dauphin County's eight parks. - (Photo / )
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On June 19, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held at Detweiler Park in Middle Paxton Township. The new 411-acre park is the largest of Dauphin County's eight parks. - (Photo / Amy Spangler) Before the event, members of the Detweiler family hiked a park trail, accompanied by Larry Moore and Carl Dickson, of Dauphin County Parks and Recreation. - (Photo / Amy Spangler) The Detweiler family was represented by Susan Detweiler, wife of the late M. David Detweiler IV, and son John. The family, which once operated the Harrisburg Telegraph, WHP and Stackpole Books, has owned the land for four generations and had long hoped it could be preserved. - (Photo / Amy Spangler) The hiking party encountered Dauphin County Parks and Recreation staffers setting up a woodland scavenger hunt for youth groups visiting the park on opening day. - (Photo / Amy Spangler) The Detweilers donated $897,500 of the land's $2.4 million purchase price to the county. The remaining money came from an $887,500 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and $607,500 in county gaming grant money from Hollywood Casino at Penn National. - (Photo / Amy Spangler) The biologically diverse park offers seven miles of trails winding through varied habitats, which include fields, meadows, evergreen plantations, and mature deciduous forests. Trails are open daily from dawn to dusk, for foot traffic only. - (Photo / Amy Spangler) The former Detweiler home is being restored to its original size, for possible use as a rental to generate park income or potential conversion into a nature center. - (Photo / Amy Spangler) Representing Middle Paxton Township was Julie Seeds, township manager and Jim Fisher, vice chairman for the board of supervisors. - (Photo / Amy Spangler) Carl Dickson, director of Dauphin County Parks and Recreation, had the honor of cutting the ribbon. - (Photo / Amy Spangler) Dauphin County Commissioner Jeff Haste offers opening remarks. The commissioners are seeking public input in how to further develop the park. - (Photo / Amy Spangler) “This park will offer residents a range of outdoor opportunities, from fishing to enjoying nature to playing sports on the fields that will eventually be built,'' Dauphin County commissioner George P. Hartwick III said. - (Photo / Amy Spangler) Cindy Adams Dunn, secretary of the state’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, grew up in nearby Fishing Creek Valley. - (Photo / Amy Spangler) State Sen. John DiSanto (Dauphin/Perry counties) addresses the gathering. - (Photo / Amy Spangler) State Rep. Sue Helm addresses the gathering. - (Photo / Amy Spangler)

 

Dauphin County commissioners last week opened Detweiler Park in Middle Paxton Township, which is now the county's largest park.

The 411-acre Detweiler Park in northern Dauphin County includes a stone farmhouse and the former Detweiler home, seven miles of walking trails and a fish hatchery maintained by the Dauphin County Anglers and Conservationists on Clark's Creek, which borders the park's western edge.

The park is named for the former owners of Stackpole Books, WHP and the Harrisburg Telegraph. Members of the Detweiler family, who owned the land for four generations, donated $897,500 of the land's $2.4 million purchase price to the county. The remaining money came from an $887,500 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and $607,500 in gaming grant money from Hollywood Casino.

Temporary parking and an entrance to the trails is available at the Dauphin County Conservation District's headquarters at 1451 Peters Mountain Road.

The commissioners are seeking public input in how to further develop the park. There is a website, www.detweilerpark.org, for county residents to share ideas for the park and sign up for email updates on upcoming park meetings.

Letters with ideas about the park also can be mailed to the commissioners at P.O. Box 1295, Harrisburg, PA 17108.

Public meetings will be held this year to get input for a master plan on what features should be developed, including a new parking area, fields for sporting events and potentially converting the former Detweiler home to a nature center. The county is restoring the house and may also rent it out to generate park income, said Carl Dickson, the county parks and recreation director.

The public input process expects to take about a year, Dickson said.

The county does not own the adjoining Stackpole home, which was the original family home.

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