Cheswick children to have new playground by spring
By Tom Yerace
Published: Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, 12:51 a.m.
When spring arrives, children in Cheswick will have a new playground to enjoy.
On Tuesday, council approved by a 7-0 vote spending $50,000 for renovations to the MacLean Street Park playground. Councilman Jonathan Skedel was absent.
What appeared to seal the deal was a $6,000 savings on equipment.
Mark Ford of Sports and Recreation Associates in Apollo, which submitted a design and prices for the project, said if council would commit to doing the project, he could save the borough that much.
“This time of the year, we have a chance to get a really big discount from the equipment companies,” Ford said.
As for committing to the project based on his design and costs, Ford said that his firm is part of COSTARS, the state's program that certifies contractors and suppliers as providing the lowest prices. Because of that, he said council would not be obligated to advertise for bids.
“If you commit to that, that playground will be completed 100 percent — done by April 1,” Ford said.
The playground includes excavation, installation of new play surfaces, new play structures and equipment.
The borough has money earmarked for the playground. The bulk of it comes from a $40,000 recreation grant the borough recently received from the state's Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. It also has received a $15,000 grant from GenOn Energy.
Paul Borland, recreation committee chairman, said if the board would commit to setting aside money in next year's budget, the playground could be finished in first-class fashion by adding a basketball court with fencing.
Councilman Sherman Kephart pointed out that the borough has to come up with $20,000 for the project because of a 50 percent match required for the state grant.
Figuring in the savings Ford discussed, Kephart said that now the borough would have to budget about $15,000.
“This is like getting another $6,000 grant, another $6,000 donation,” said Councilman Frank Meledandri.
He said completing the project the way the borough would like to do it will probably take two or three years. The project, including the basketball court, has a total cost of $72,000.
Tom Yerace is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4675 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Apollo Elks Lodge gets green light
- 5 vehicle crashes reported on wintry day in the Alle-Kiski Valley
- Route 28 drivers stuck with bottleneck
- Rashida slams Miley, Nicki
- Apollo Elks reopens after reaching agreement with national organization
- Spending to benefit Frazer police
- Students envision bus bursting with toys
- Highlands tax scofflaws’ names to be posted online
- Buffalo Twp. resident Julie Margo channels ‘life force energy’ into Reiki treatments
- Springdale couple celebrates 75th anniversary
- A-K Valley motorists encounter fewer traffic headaches as cold weather arrives, projects completed