Upgrades made to community parks
Some area communities are spending more money on parks, and there is a good reason for this.
Collier steadily has increased its spending on its township parks over the years, Manager Sal Sirabella said. Attractive township parks lead to increased property values, he said.
“I don't think there is any doubt about that. The better parks you have, the higher the property values are. But there are other reasons for this,” Sirabella said.
Another reason for spending more money on parks and recreation is the recruitment of young couples with children, he said.
“That is very important, believe me. Potential (residents) always want to know how the parks are, what they look like and what condition they are in, before they move anywhere,” Sirabella said.
In Collier's 2013 budget is a $5 million bond, $4.3 million of which will be spent next year on the Collier Community and Recreation Center. This is located at the former Charles E. Kelly Support Facility.
Collier officials also were able to obtain and match a $104,000 grant from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. This, also, will go toward park resources, Sirabella said.
Sirabella said the money for the township parks, including Webb and Presto, will go toward building new playgrounds and pavilions that have been needed for some time. This will cost about $80,000, he said.
Carnegie Borough also is beginning to spend more money on its parks, particularly Carnegie Park on Forsythe Road.
The ongoing development at Carnegie Park will include a skate park in 2013, which will cost between $350,000 and $500,000, said Carnegie Borough Councilman Pat Catena.
Most of that cost will be incurred by the Pitcher Park Memorial Foundation, a nonprofit foundation.
In 2012, the borough spent nearly $180,000 for work at Carnegie Park. The money was used for new playground equipment, an off-leash dog park and landscaping, among other things.
Jeff Widmer is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5810 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.
- South Fayette High School backs out of federal lunch program
- Chartiers Valley hires architect, though no building plans set
- Hunt resigns from Carlynton School Board
- Bridgeville, Carnegie library directors take differing approaches to plotting programs
- Oyler: Learning something new from newspaper archives
- Around Town: Businesses open in Carnegie, Crafton, Bridgeville
- Babish-Schultz: Collier man to celebrate 90th birthday