Rec panel member pushes pavers for Oakmont park renovation
Dolly Provenza of Oakmont hopes nobody gets coal in their Christmas stockings, especially when bricks are available.
While that may seem Grinch-like, Provenza, a member of the Oakmont Recreation Committee, is just trying to plug the continuing renovation of a hometown asset, Riverside Park.
“The park has been there for 53 to 55 years,” Provenza said. “There has been a little bit of updating of equipment down through the years.”
That is where the bricks come into the picture.
She said the playground equipment, which has been at the park since about 1993 or 1994, has been refurbished but the committee wants to add some equipment.
“We enlarged the playground by removing one tennis court, so now we have a larger space,” Provenza said. “A splash pad was added last year, and that was done kind of quietly.”
To finance the playground equipment, the rec committee has launched the Riverside Park Commemorative Brick Campaign and made Provenza its chairman.
People may buy a brick or several bricks for different prices and have them engraved with names and sentiments. The bricks will be used to pave a 120-foot- long by 5-foot-wide walkway that runs from the ballfields down between the playground and the tennis courts to the park pavilion along the Allegheny River.
“The bricks are 4-inch by 8-inch and are engraved with three lines of text for $75,” Provenza said.
“We also have an 8-inch by 8-inch paver with six lines of text for $200,” she said. “Then there is a very limited number of engraveable stone benches that will be sold for $2,500 each.”
“This makes a great Christmas gift for the person who has everything and the bricks are permanently in the ground,” Provenza said.
Exactly how much the landscaping for the walkway and the bricks will cost is uncertain.
“At this point we are still receiving bids for the installation,” she said. “My worst fear is that we don't make enough to pay for the landscaping, the bricks and the engraving, and we have to give everyone's check back and put the project on hold.”
The brick sale is scheduled to end Jan. 31, Provenza said.
Tom Yerace is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4675 or email@example.com.
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