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Sandyvale park

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This is Featured Cache #9 of the Greater Johnstown/Cambria County Geotrail, which highlights the scenic and historic amenities of the area. Be sure to collect and record the Geotrail Code Word from in (or near, in the case of micros) the cache to your official Geotrail Passport, which can be obtained from the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. A map and list of all caches featured in the Geotrail can be found at Map Link or they can be bulk downloaded from the bookmark list.
Take your time in the park. You are looking for a micro in the park. A larger size would be too easy. Its about an adventure, right? IF anyone looks for this and is below 5'5 may need to climb but if anyone is over 5'5 should be able to get it w/o climbing.
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Forgotten Sandyvale Memorial Is another sandyvale tribute cache
This cache has been placed inside the Sandyvale Memorial Gardens, a once neglected pioneer cemetery, which for the past 25 years has been landscaped and refurbished to respectfully commemorate the men and women who built one of Pennsylvania’s most historic cities. There is a paved walking path between Hickory St. and Messenger St. which is very close to the railroad tracks as well as the old existing gravel path which runs through the middle of the cemetery. There should be no issues with the placement of this cache at this time, as it is a very public place as many people walk through the cemetery as well as folks walking their dogs, kids flying kites, etc.
You can park either in the parking lot just off of Hickory Street, or just across the railroad tracks on the righthand side of Messenger St. where the paved trail ends. The Messenger St. side is a much shorter walk to the cache than from Hickory St. I would not advise parking anywhere other than between the railroad tracks and the end of the cement block building on Messenger St. as the rest of the area is private property even though it is not posted as such.
Sandyvale is a pioneer cemetery that was developed by the Horner family and used by many first families when the City of Johnstown, Pennsylvania was established in 1800. The veteran's graves date from the Revolutionary War through World War II. Sandyvale has been a part of the fabric of the City and region for over two centuries. In the early years it provided a gathering place for many community civic and social events. It was a beautiful green spot in the pioneer days but with the industrial era and the development of the steel mills and plants and the birth of the railroad access to this industry, it came to be an area that was isolated and forgotten, sustaining extensive flood damage and neglect for many years.
Currently the site/park is 10.6 acres of flat grassy lawn and is the last large open green space in inner city Johnstown.

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