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Aspinwall seeks to shed light on park

| Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Aspinwall officials are hoping to shed some light on the dark spots at the community park.

Council members are taking steps to install a new set of lights at the park.

Councilman Jim Donahoe said when he looked at the lighting with members of the community, including representatives from public works and the police department, he was surprised at how many of the lights don't work.

The initial estimate for new lights is $5,625.

“What we're looking at is pretty extensive,” Donahoe said.

Officials plan to check other prices before finalizing a contract.

The usage cost of the lights is not known because it is not known how often the lights will be on, Donahoe said.

The new lights would use the same poles as the lights that are now at the park.

The Aspinwall Neighborhood Watch group has announced plans to upgrade the park including new playground equipment and improvements at the pavilion.

Those plans make improved lighting even more important, Donahoe said.

“I'd like to get this done for the summer, quickly,” Donahoe said.

Police were asked to participate in the process to better understand what areas they can't see when on patrol.

Lee Albacker, public works foreman, said there has been graffiti and vandalism at the park.

“They paint graffiti all over the cement block,” Albacker said.

Though the lights are unlikely to eliminate all vandalism, Donahoe said, better lighting could improve the situation.

“It makes it less inviting,” Donahoe said.

“What is proposed here is very much needed,” Donahoe said.

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

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