The work on Meadow Grounds Lake is complete. Thanks to everyone involved!


On Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 8:00 AM, Friends of Meadow Grounds Lake board members gathered at the lake for our groundbreaking. Present were the following:
Scott Alexander
Anthony D'Anna - President
Irvin Dasher
Joy Dasher
Richard Drawbaugh - Treasurer
Kaye Drawbaugh
Johnny Greathead
Lin Henry
Brenda Hill
Coy Hill
Lori Sweeney
Dayton Tweedy - Secretary
Kimbra Tweedy

It was a heartwarming event. We went around the circle and each person present made a few personal remarks. Dayton played guitar and sang the Meadow Grounds Lake song that he wrote. We poured water into the lake bed. We ended by using our ceremonial golden shovel.

Construction at the lake is progressing at a rapid pace. It has been 8 years this past March since the lake was drained.

We should receive updates from Fish and Boat and DGS this week.




KC Construction of Warminster, PA has been selected for the contract to restore the dam and spillway at Meadow Grounds Lake. The construction period starts on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, and dirt should turn in March. Construction on the dam and spillway is expected to be complete by the end of November, 2020. The lake will be refilled then, a process that is expected to take about 6 months. During the refilling period, we plan to build a new boat dock. Things are happening fast! 

We are now out of the permitting phase and into the construction phase. The first step is bidding out the job. The Department of General Services (DGS) released a call for bids on September 12. The posting can be seen here: https://www.dgs.pa.gov/Design-and-Construction/Pages/default.aspx

Today, September 24, 2019, the Fulton County Library hosted a Pre-Proposal Conference for companies bidding on the project. Anthony D'Anna and I attended the meeting to represent FOMGL. After the session at the library, the meeting moved to an on-site visit to the lake. All proposals are due by 2:00 PM on October 24, 2019. Any company bidding on the project must have "a contractor with dam-specific construction experience." The contract will be awarded on a "best value" basis.

*Persons or companies interested in subcontracting jobs should watch for postings on the DGS bid site (see the link above).

Postings will be updated weekly. The proposal period will last 90 days, and the contract will be awarded in January, 2020. The construction period will be no more than 365 days from there. The job is not estimated to take that long. According to Fish and Boat engineer Jerry Woomer, construction is expected to be finished by the start of deer season (November) in 2020. At that point, the lake will be refilled.

Dayton Tweedy

The following is a press release from Senator Judy Ward and Representative Jesse Topper

For Immediate Release
June 28, 2019


Senator Ward and Representative Topper Announce Release of Meadow Grounds Lake Construction Permit


HARRISBURG – Senator Judy Ward (R-30) and Representative Jesse Topper (R-78) are pleased to announce that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has released the Dam Construction Permit for the Meadow Grounds Lake. 


The 204-acre lake located in Ayr Township, Fulton County, was drained in 2013 after deficiencies were identified in the dam.  Since that time, state and local officials have worked closely with the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission (PFBC) to secure state funding to restore the dam, and local fundraising initiatives led by the Friends of Meadow Grounds Lake raised over $115,000 for an accessible pier.


“I am pleased that the long-awaited Dam Construction Permit for the Meadow Grounds Lake was released today,” Ward said.  “I would like to commend the Friends of Meadow Grounds Lake and the community for quickly mobilizing to restore the lake.  I would also like to thank my predecessor, Senator John Eichelberger, and many state and local officials and agencies for their time and effort to keep the project moving through the process.  I look forward to seeing this wonderful recreational and ecological resource restored to its full use and beauty.”


“Once complete, the Meadow Grounds Lake will provide residents and visitors with a great place to relax and enjoy nature in a peaceful setting. It will also complement the numerous other recreational options in the area, helping to spur on tourism,” Topper said. “I want to thank everyone who has been involved with this project to resurrect the lake and bring it back to its full potential.”


The release of the Dam Construction Permit by DEP marks another major milestone in the dam restoration process, allowing the project construction to move forward.  The next phases of the project include advertising and bidding, rehabilitating and repairing the dam, and refilling the reservoir.

CONTACT:  Cheryl Schriner (717) 787-5490

If anyone has information on the theft of the barn quilt at Meadow Grounds Lake, please call Trooper Speigle at the Pennsylvania State Police, (717) 485-3131.

At our October 22nd board meeting of Friends of Meadow Grounds Lake, Representatives from PA Fish and Boat Commission, Engineering Department and the PA Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Waterways will be attending the meeting with Senator Eichelberger. Our goal is to get some concrete answers on the status of our permit and the timeline for construction. If any of you have questions that you would like to get addressed, this is a perfect opportunity. We are meeting Monday, 10/22/18 at 6:00 PM at Community State Bank, McConnellsburg.

Last evening, August 2, President Anthony D'Anna and I met with Senator John Eichelberger about progress on the Meadow Grounds Lake project. Senator Eichelberger reported that the permit application is still under review. The Dam Safety Division is working collectively with engineers from the Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) to finalize the project's specifications to ensure that the new dam will meet all dam safety criteria. Once the Department of General Services receives the permit from DEP, Dam Safety, and PFBC, the project will go out for bids. Construction is anticipated to begin in the spring of 2019, possibly in March. With the funding firmly in place, the project is definitely happening. Sen. Eichelberger stressed that the overwhelming support from the people of Fulton County ensured that Meadow Grounds Lake will be restored. The Senator is also going to talk to PFBC director John Arway about a formal agreement between PFBC and Friends of Meadow Grounds Lake (FOMGL) on construction of a new handicapped-accessible boat dock.

As soon as there are any new developments, I will pass them on.
Dayton Tweedy, Secretary, FOMGL




Here is the quarterly board meeting schedule for 2018:
January 22
April 23
July 23
October 22
All meetings are at 6:00 pm at Community State Bank, McConnellsburg.  The public is invited to attend.
The construction documents have been reviewed by PAFBC (Fish and Boat). The Dam Safety permit (D29-032) for the restoration of the dam at Meadow Grounds Lake has been posted on the PA Bulletin Volume 47.  The details will go back and forth between DEP and PAFBC until everything is correct.  We are maintaining regular contact with both offices.  When the permit clears, we'll let you know and take a look at the next step.

Where are we in the process?
According to Fish and Boat Engineer Jerry Woomer, we are on time and well within budget. The "Interim Document Phase" is now complete, and we are in what PAFBC calls the "Construction Document and Permitting Phase." Mr. Woomer's email read: "The next step is the 'construction documents' submission due in August. Barring any significant corrections it will go to the DEP for permit processing."

In the meantime, CES Engineering is working with PAFBC engineers on the handicapped-accessible boat dock.

February 27, 2017

At tonight's meeting of the board of Friends of Meadow Grounds Lake, we unveiled an artist's rendering from the engineers on what the finished project will look like. 


August 22, 2016, the Board of Directors for Friends of Meadow Grounds Lake hosted a special event on progress on the lake. Our project is fully funded.  We also saw details on the design for the repairs and saw an updated timeline. Although the timeline provided by PAFBC estimated that the restoration should be complete by no later than March, 2021, the funding situation and positive energy toward the project are expected to result in an earlier completion date.  We are meeting or exceeding the timeline at every step.  FOMGL would like to thank the following:
Tim Schaeffer, Director of Policy and Planning, PA Fish and Boat Commission
Paul Urbanik, Chief of Engineering, PAFBC
Senator John Eichelberger
Representative Jesse Topper
Jeremy Shoemaker, Chief of Staff for Senator Richard Alloway
Erin Molchany, Director Southwest Office for Governor Tom Wolf. 

Funding For Meadow Grounds Lake Released, Says Topper


BEDFORD – State funding of $3.9 million to help aid in the restoration of fishing and boating opportunities at Meadow Grounds Lake in Fulton County has been released by the Wolf administration, said Rep. Jesse Topper (R-Bedford/Fulton/Huntingdon) today.


The funding comes from the Commonwealth’s Capital Budget and is part of an overall $32 million effort to rehabilitate seven high-hazard dams in Pennsylvania.


“This is great news for the outdoor sports enthusiasts in our region as a major recreational area could be put back into full use soon,” said Topper. “Many people and groups have been working very hard to raise funds, seek grants and help make this happen.”


Topper said Meadow Grounds Lake has been in a water drawdown condition since February 2013, so that repairs could eventually be made at the dam. Since that time, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission conducted a comprehensive engineering and safety investigation with the assistance of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Dam Safety.


In addition to work advocating for the dam restoration, Topper said the Friends of Meadow Grounds Lake organization raised $100,000 on its own to help with the project.


“The local effort put forward shows that Meadow Grounds Lake means so much to the recreational and economic opportunities of the region, and the patience that they and others have shown says a lot for the determination to see this through to the end,” said Topper. “I thank the friends group and other local and state officials and agencies for all of the outstanding work.”




The next big Meadow Grounds event will be a drawing sponsored by the McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Company to benefit Meadow Grounds Lake. The drawing will be on Saturday, May 21, at the Legion picnic grounds. The ever-popular band Shindiggin' will provide the music. For tickets, email Ed Carbaugh at cyndined@embarqmail.com .

March 18, 2016.  
Officials from the PA Fish and Boat Commission (PAFBC) met with members of the FOMGL Board at Meadow Grounds Lake.   Engineers Jerry Woomer and Paul Urbanik with Surveyor Mac Blizzard discussed progress on the design phase and possible improvement projects with Anthony D'Anna, Dayton Tweedy, Scott Alexander, and Johnny Greathead.   At our March 28 board meeting, we will talk about what we learned.  We will also have some updates from Tim Schaeffer., who is unable to attend.  He is in contact with us, though, and sending us updated information.  I will post updates after Monday's meeting.


October 26, we had an exciting Board of Directors meeting for Friends of Meadow Grounds Lake. Special guests were Michele Jacoby, Director of the Bureau of Engineering for the PA Fish and Boat Commission (PAFBC), Tim Schaeffer, PAFBC Director of Policy and Planning, Kathleen Gunnell from Senator Eichelberger's office, and Joel Black from Representative Topper's staff.
Mr. Schaeffer gave us the following pieces of good news. The design engineer was selected the same day as our board meeting. Also, Assuming a structurally balanced this year and next, the funding is approved for the construction phase. The Governor has released the funds for the repair of Meadow Grounds Lake and 11 other lakes, largely due to the efforts of FOMGL. As the selection of the engineer and the release of the funds have been our main immediate goals since we met our goal of raising $100,000 was met, this news was wonderful to hear.
Ms. Jacoby gave a detailed and informative presentation on the status of the repairs to the dam and spillway at Meadow Grounds Lake. She outlined steps that would need to be taken to stop the excess seeping from the dam and to increase the capacity of the spillway. The next step is the design firm's approved schedule, which is expected by spring, 2016.
FOMGL is not satisfied with the pace of the process. However, we are encouraged by the information provided by Tim Schaeffer and Michele Jacoby. PAFBC has assured us of their commitment to Meadow Grounds Lake. We will continue to maintain a positive working relationship with the PAFBC, Senator Eichelberger, and Representative Topper to bring back our beloved lake as quickly as possible.


Monday, October 26, 2015 will be a highly informative meeting of the Board of Directors of Friends of Meadow Grounds Lake.  Guests will be Tim Schaeffer and Michele Jacoby (Director of the Bureau of Engineering) for the PA Fish and Boat Commission, Senator John Eichelberger, and Representative Jesse Topper.  Come out at 6:00 pm to the Community State Bank in McConnellsburg.  You don't want to miss it!