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Westmoreland County officials approve maintenance facility for Mt. Pleasant Township park

Rich Cholodofsky
| Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, 11:00 p.m.
Boy Scouts paddle canoes on Mammoth Lake in preparation for the canoe race during the 2014 Westmoreland-Fayette Council Camporee on Saturday, May 17, 2014, in Mammoth Park in Mt. Pleasant Township. The event draws more than 500 scouts and their leaders from the two counties.
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Boy Scouts paddle canoes on Mammoth Lake in preparation for the canoe race during the 2014 Westmoreland-Fayette Council Camporee on Saturday, May 17, 2014, in Mammoth Park in Mt. Pleasant Township. The event draws more than 500 scouts and their leaders from the two counties.
Hues of orange, red and yellow create an autumnal scene at Mammoth Park in Mt. Pleasant Township on Oct. 16, 2012. 
Guy Wathen | Tribune-Review
Hues of orange, red and yellow create an autumnal scene at Mammoth Park in Mt. Pleasant Township on Oct. 16, 2012. Guy Wathen | Tribune-Review

Construction of a new maintenance facility at Mammoth Park in Mt. Pleasant Township will begin later this year to replace a century-old barn that previously served as a storage and work station at the 380-acre county park.

County commissioners approved construction contracts totaling more than $884,000 to build a 6,000-square-foot steel structure near the tennis courts to function as the new location for six full-time maintenance staff.

“We've been looking for years to build a new maintenance facility there,” Public Works Director Greg McCloskey said. “This will be a safer environment for employees, and we'll be able consolidate all of our equipment into one building.”

Maintenance work at the county-owned park operated out of three structures, including the basement of an old wooden barn that McCloskey said might have to be torn down after the new facility is built.

The project will be paid from an $18.5 million bond issue the commissioners approved last summer to pay for capital improvement projects in the county.

Commissioners awarded a general construction contract to Yarborough Development Inc. of McKeesport for $741,000; a $39,800 contract to Whitby Inc. of Uniontown for HVAC work; $63,847 to Marsula Electric of Greensburg for electrical services and $39,625 to K&K Plumbing Co. of Johnstown.

Mammoth Park, with its 25-acre lake, remote-controlled model plane airfield, 96-foot slide and ballfields, trails and picnic pavilions, had more than 100,000 visitors this year, McCloskey said.

“This new maintenance facility will be a nice addition. Our employees there need a new work environment,” he added.

Rich Cholodofsky is a Tribune- Review staff writer.

Correction: Sept. 11, 2017

The headline was modified to correct which governmental entity approved the construction contracts.

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