Rockin' Roosevelt concert proceeds help keep Arnold park open
Lou Downard credited Arnold residents as much as his New Ken/Arnold Social in the Park group with raising enough money to open Roosevelt Park this summer.
“It's all thanks to the community,” said Downard.
For the second year in a row, the Social in the Park — a group of New Kensington and Arnold natives who plan social events in the two cities' parks — sponsored the Rockin' Roosevelt concert to benefit Arnold's premier park at Drey Street and Constitution Boulevard.
Downard said about 700 people attended the May concert that featured a dozen bands, raising $4,500.
That money, plus other donations, should be enough to pay for park monitors at least through Labor Day, Arnold officials said.
Councilman Philip McKinley said they opened the park for Memorial Day weekend and plan to keep it open from 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. The park will be closed Mondays and Tuesdays for maintenance.
Arnold officials don't want to open the park without monitors because they believe the park will be vandalized if it's not supervised.
“These kids aren't like we were,” said Mayor Larry Milito. “They don't respect property.”
A few residents argued the city should try opening the park more often without monitors.
“That thing is locked up better than Guantanamo Bay,” Larry Nicastro said.
He suggested they leave the park open but lock the restrooms, which Milito said have especially been a target of misbehaving children who have broken urinals and clogged toilets.
Ellyse Williams and Marcus Houser, who have advocated for a program to get youth involved in cleaning up the city, said kids who help care for the park would be less likely to allow their peers to trash it.
“Let's try it,” Williams said.
“We're making all kids suffer (for the misbehavior of a few),” Houser said.
“We can do better,” Nicastro said.
Council made no promises to open the park without supervision.
But Downard promised the Social in the Park would be back next year with another Rockin' Roosevelt concert.
“If anyone wasn't there, you missed a heck of show,” he said.
Liz Hayes is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4680 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.
- Cochran repair center planned in Harrison
- Springdale councilman resigned to defeat
- Roaring Run mountain bike trail to be thrust into limelight
- Good season predicted for Western Pa. boaters
- New Kensington constructs Little Free Library
- Several Alle-Kiski pools were overhauled to make facilities more attractive
- PennDOT puts final touches on Route 28 construction
- Fire destroys unoccupied East Deer house
- Harmar OKs Sheetz land development plan
- Heated discussion causes ruckus at Springdale polling station
- Richland Township attorneys to meet in district judge race