Officials in Indiana Township seek ideas for park improvements
From the freshly planted trees at Middle Road Park to the new pavilion to be constructed at Rural Ridge, there seems to be ongoing improvements to Indiana Township recreation spots.
With five parks that are expansive — more than 100 acres — and busy from spring through fall, Parks and Recreation Board Secretary Megan Carson said members could use some help in pitching ideas to upgrade the ball fields, pavilions and playgrounds.
“We haven't heard from anybody in the public forum for two years,” she said.
“We want to let people know we're open to their opinions.”
The parks and recreation board meets three times a year to devise plans, review budgets and formalize recommendations to the township supervisors.
It has limited capabilities; members don't actually approve purchases or construction, but they wield power in that they suggest to supervisors any viable plan for improvements.
For example, 20 trees were donated and planted in Middle Road Park through TreeVitalize based on a grant application from the parks and recreation committee. The park sits along Red Maple Lane behind Middle Road Volunteer Fire Department and has more than 40 acres of athletic fields, playgrounds and a concession stand.
A second grant for 30 more trees to be planted at Middle Road is pending.
Carson said the group is compiling an upgrade plan for Dorseyville Park, a neighborhood spot located off of Saxonburg Boulevard. It currently consists of a small pavilion and a tennis court.
There also is a $15,000 grant coming toward the construction of a new pavilion at Rural Ridge Park, near the basketball court and athletic field. Work will replace a smaller pavilion there now.
“Spring is upon us,” Carson said. “The parks will soon be in full swing and we want to hear from people.”
The board meets next at 7:15 p.m. May 2 at the township building. Ideas or concerns are welcome, she said.
“I want to encourage residents to approach us with new ideas for the parks,” she said.
“They are the ones who use them, so we want their feedback.”
Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-782-2121, ext. 2 or at email@example.com.
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.
- New owner has big plans for Rock Airport
- O’Hara woman offers to help Sharpsburg handle stray cats
- ‘Wicked’ author shares writing tales with Fox Chapel students
- Effort to bring fishing event for veterans back to Squaw Valley Park picks up steam
- Fox Chapel Area schools forum to feature legislators
- Council approves new rifles for Aspinwall police officers
- Crazy sweater tea to be served at Fox Chapel’s Cooper-Siegel Community Library
- Budget plan keeps Aspinwall tax rate steady