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Carnegie skatepark a reality as excavation work begins

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Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Excavation began this week for Pitcher Park Memorial Skatepark in Carnegie, marking a new chapter in Mary Pitcher's push for a memorial skatepark to honor two sons who drowned.

Once the designer, Grindline Skateparks, of Seattle, is on site in mid-September, construction should take about four to five months, according to construction supervisor Chris McGee.

He said the first step is the take care of drainage issues, including some Carnegie Borough must address on park property.

“At the same time, we'll be working on excavation and putting all our drainage in,” McGee said.

Excavation will be a five-week dig, he said.

Once drainage is addressed, he said, Grindline will come in and begin pouring concrete for the skatepark elements.

“Grindline said cold weather is not a problem for them,” McGee said. “They'll tent areas off and bring in heaters to ensure the concrete doesn't freeze and damage the integrity.”

He said it is just a matter of going through the process.

“It's a lot of work, but there are not many different details,” he said. “It's dig and then pour concrete.”

The Pitcher Park Foundation, the organization Pitcher started to move forward with the project, is paying for the equipment rental and housing the workers and designers.

Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810 or

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