Public Survey Purpose

Detweiler Park is a 411-acre tract of land acquired by Dauphin County through a combination of gift and purchase on December 29, 2016. Due to the previous owners’ planning and the Parks Department’s diligence, the County Commissioners were able to open the park to the public six months after acquisition. With few amenities, seven miles of wide and groomed trails were quickly embraced by the community. Trail counters register visitors ranging from 400 per month in the winter months to over 1000 in the summer months.

The County in undertaking a master plan process to explore the development of both active and/or passive facilities within the park. You are invited to be a part of the design process by telling us how you use this park for recreation and what you would like to see happen to make it better. Your thoughts about the park, open space and other recreational opportunities are vital to the planning process. We appreciate you taking the time to complete this survey. It should require only 10 to 15 minutes.

The survey will be available from February 3, 2020 until approximately September 21, 2020. Surveys are not identified by name and your responses will be anonymous. All responses will be compiled and analyzed together with past County collected results and will be posted on the Dauphin County website and will be a part of the Master Plan.

This survey is being conducted by Dauphin County and Simone Collins Landscape Architecture, park planning consultants to the County. For more information, please contact Sarah Leeper, RLA at 610-239-7601 or