It’s no secret that state parks in Jenner Township are popular with hikers and campers.

Now, township officials are looking to highlight other recreational opportunities to attract bigger crowds with a $30,000 recreation study.

“It is a vision of what people want our township to be in the future,” township Supervisor Chairman Jim Henry said.

For the next eight months, Pashek Associates of Pittsburgh and a 12-member study group of residents will chart a course for leisure.

The study group will meet five times and hold two public meetings to gather ideas from the public. Selected residents also will be surveyed.

“Everybody has different ideas of what the recreation needs are for the area,” Supervisor Keith Barnick said. “It will give us direction.”

Jenner Township is easy to get to with Routes 219, 30 and 985.

“One of our strengths is we’re very accessible,” Barnick said.

What the township doesn’t have are hiking/biking paths linking communities such as Jennerstown, Gray, Acosta and Boswell, he said.

The group also is looking to highlight the Community Sports Park in Ferrelltown and the Quemahoning Reservoir, Barnick said.

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