Susquehanna Heritage Park plans include installing restrooms, overflow parking and shade trees.
Susquehanna Heritage Park plans include installing restrooms, overflow parking and shade trees. (submitted)

York County commissioners Wednesday accepted a master site plan for Susquehanna Heritage Park in Lower Windsor Township.

The park includes archeological remains from the Susquehannock tribe that once settled in the river hills.

The planning process started in May 2012 and includes improvements to Native Lands County Park, Highpoint Scenic Vista and Recreation Area, Wilton Meadows Nature Preserve, Klines Run Park and the Zimmerman Center for Heritage.

"(The plan is) going to guide our future recreation and conservation decisions for these parcels," said Tammy Klunk, the county's parks director.

The public helped modify the plan, addressing what's important to them — especially minimal development, she said.

Details: Improvements to the facilities include installing restrooms, overflow parking and shade trees, Klunk said. In the case of Native Lands, which is accessible only by foot, an entrance road would be built, she said.

In addition to the commissioners, the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has also accepted the plan, Klunk said. Other agencies still need to accept it but won't be able to meet until after the summer, she said.

The next step is to secure funding for the project, which is possible through both grant and volunteer opportunities, Klunk said.

"I think there are some great Eagle Scout projects here," she said.


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County Treasurer Barbara Bair said she's excited about the plan because it's a step toward developing the facilities and getting people out to the park.

Those involved with the project have done a great job ensuring that it involves minimal development, "so that the public can go out and enjoy the beauty that is already there," she said.

— Reach Mollie Durkin at mdurkin@yorkdispatch.com.