New Manchester Township park sits along the Codorus Creek

Noel Miller
York Dispatch

Manchester Township purchased a new park along the banks of the Codorus Creek. 

"The board felt it's an opportunity that we couldn't pass up," Township Manager Tim James said of the 8-acre property along Locust Lane.

James said the site, which was purchased for $250,000, already houses a pavilion along the creek. The Heritage Rail Trail also runs through the property, offering a natural recreational opportunity for visitors.

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The one downside?

There's no way to easily access the creek from the property.

James said that will be one improvement the township hopes to make going forward.

"It's always nice to have a variety of recreational opportunities, which we never really had the water opportunity within our municipality grounds," he said.

The park at E. Locust Lane in Manchester Township on Friday, May 12, 2023.

The park does not have an official name yet, James said, and there are no concrete plans for redevelopment. More specifics will likely be part of a new master plan.

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The township manager said he's not sure if a master plan process would begin in 2023 or 2024, but he believes the township will spend some time consider the best uses of the new land.

"It's going to take some time," he said.

— Reach Noel Miller at NMiller3@yorkdispatch.com or via Twitter at @TheNoelM.