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Aspinwall riverfront park makes progress, council could provide help

| Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, 9:02 p.m.

Planners of the Aspinwall Riverfront Park want to present information about the project to the borough in the coming weeks.

Councilman Kevin Gordon, who is a member of the park's board of directors, said organizers are making progress but will need more help as the project moves forward.

“There's a lot of things going on, and I think council is going to have to get more involved,” Gordon said.

Gordon cited the need to demolish buildings at the site and plans for a new park entrance at the intersection Brilliant Avenue and Freeport Road as areas where officials will have to get more involved.

He said a presentation and social event at the site could give council members, borough employees and business leaders a chance to hear about the project.

Though many aspects of the park are still being finalized, it would give people a chance to see what it could look like, Gordon said.

“There's too many what-ifs right now, but at least you can see the direction they're leaning,” Gordon said.

That gathering could give the borough an idea of what sort of commitment it will need to make in the future as the park grows.

“There are going to be long-term responsibilities the borough is going to have that are going to financially impact us,” borough manager Melissa Lang said.

The work completed at the park so far has been impressive, Gordon said. Now, borough officials need to look forward at how the project will grow.

“They're making a lot of progress; it's time for us to get reacquainted,” Gordon 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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