Ceremony marks opening of new park in Ross
More than a year of planning and volunteers getting down in the dirt to carve trails into the 53-acres of woods along Cemetery Lane in Ross was celebrated on Saturday afternoon with the official opening of Short Line Hollow Park.
Officials, volunteers and supporters gathered at 1 p.m. at the park's entrance near the township's public works complex for pizza and a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the latest addition to Ross' recreation network, which includes 22 other parks and playgrounds.
"Short Line Hollow is an amazing jewel," said Commissioner Jeremy Shaffer, who lobbied for the park and used the stipend he receives from the township as seed money to create its initial design. "This is one of the largest remaining green spaces in Ross and I am very glad that we were able to preserve it for the public to enjoy."
With help from the non-profit groups Hollow Oak Land Trust and Walk/Bike Ross, volunteers used the wild game paths already worn into the landscape for part of the trail system.
Drainage work also was performed to keep the trails dry and reduce the amount of maintenance that will be required.
Ross commissioners are considering changing a township law that would give the board the authority to decide within which parks dog owners can walk their leashed pets. The only park in the township where dogs currently are allowed is the trail behind the fields at the municipal building. Short Line Hollow could be added to the roster if the measure is adopted.
The name for Short Line Hollow Park was selected from an entry in a naming contest the township conducted earlier this year. The moniker reflects the fact that the old Harmony Short Line railroad ran through the area as well as the type of terrain on which park is located.
Tony LaRussa is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-772-6368 or email@example.com or via Twitter @TonyLaRussaTrib.