Aspinwall riverfront park plan unveiled

| Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Aspinwall Riverfront Park will include picnic and playground areas, a pavilion, boat ramp and entrance way from Freeport Road according to the park's newly unveiled master plan.

The design was created by Environmental Planning and Design LLC along with NIPpaysage, studio d'ARC Architects and Lennon, Smith Souleret Engineering.

A survey of area residents helped with the park design. They were asked what amenities they would like to see at the proposed park.

Susan Crookston, organizer of the park project, said the western part of the site will be developed first.

That is the more natural side and will include a quarter-mile walking trail, she said. The eastern side will feature a playground and picnic area.

The surveys that helped form the design played a crucial role in moving the project forward.

“It was very important to our board and to me personally that we develop something that people really wanted,” Crookston said.

Trish Klatt, head of the park's design committee, said she was pleased with the designs and praised the firms who worked on it.

She said the park will appeal to people of all ages.

“There's something for everyone,” Klatt said.

To help complete the western part of the park, the project received a matching donation offer from a local family that will match donations of $5,000 up to $350,000 from individuals, foundations, local organizations and businesses.

That money raised will go toward opening the site, not overhead costs.

“When people give their money, they are giving to actually building the park,” Crookston said.

Crookston said she continues to be impressed with the community's involvement of the project.

“It's amazing the progress we've made so far,” Crookston said.

For information about the park and how to donate, see

Tom McGee is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 1513 or

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