Indianola resident works to preserve, improve community

| Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

Megan Carson is an environmentalist — the real kind who lives, works and cares for her neighborhood.

In January, she was appointed to a five-year term on Indiana Township's Parks and Recreation Board.

In her position on the board, Megan represents the Indianola community.

Megan said she has lived on Republic Avenue for more than seven years and has found a home.

“Most of the people have been here for years, even born in the house,” Megan said. “But they are welcoming to young blood.

“I love the history of the area. It's a place to put down solid roots and it is nice to come home to somewhere.”

Her husband is a fourth- generation resident of the township.

While Megan was not born in the township, she is not unfamiliar with the area.

When growing up in Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Megan spent many years traveling out to Harts Run, where her horse still is stabled.

Riding Snip, who now is 21 years old, has been a longtime connection for Megan to the open spaces of Fox Chapel and Hampton.

“The Hampton and Fox Chapel areas are set up with green space,” Megan said.

“There are gorgeous parks that will continue to attract people.”

Everyone, she said, knows about the baseball and soccer fields, but Indiana has so much more than that.

Megan wants to spread the word about the quiet activities available in the local parks.

And working on the township parks and recreation board gives her the avenue to spread the message about the many wonders.

Megan has been working with the group for the past year, as she stepped in to finish a term before starting her own.

She said she is fully aligned with the ideas of the board, and she envisions a bright future for recreation in the area.

“It's more than just the basic play equipment,” she said.

Besides imaginative play centers, Megan would like to see expanding the trails, which connect to other trails. such as the Rachel Carson Trail.

“I hope I bring some creative ideas to the board,” she said.

Megan has experience in solving problems, too.

Megan works for an environmental development company. As a biologist, she works to bring the chemistry of building sites into ecological balance.

“I love my job,” said Megan, a graduate of Chatham College in Pittsburgh.

She is happy her work benefits not only the environment but also helps people.

The busy mother, who just came off her three-month maternity leave, said she is happy to have family help with her son, Dean, who is 5 months old.

Megan's father, a retired engineer, is the caregiver for his grandson. He's thrilled to have the job.

Having her own father there gives Megan great comfort as she heads off to work or to volunteer her time to work with the parks board.

The volunteer work, she says, is worth the effort.

The board meets only once a month, she said. And she gets to help plan exciting and important events, such as the township's biennial Youth Day.

Moving into the Indiana Township community has meant a balance of home and environment for Megan.

She even has balanced her love of animals.

Along with her pet dogs and ferret, the young Carson family is raising chickens with names such as Spaz and Spot.

So, even when she stays home, it seems as if there's plenty of entertainment in Megan's life.

Sharon Drake is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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