Groundbreaking ceremony planned for Aspinwall Riverfront Park
The portion of Aspinwall Riverfront Park known as “west park” will be the site of a groundbreaking ceremony later this month.
The ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at the park off of Freeport Road before the borough's annual holiday-season celebration.
Susan Crookston, who has led efforts to develop the park, said people from the community are invited to bring shovels and join in the event.
After the work volunteers and members of the community have put in, she said, she is pleased with the progression.
“It's fantastic to be at this point,” Crookston said. “We're so blessed and lucky in every way.”
“West park,” will be the more natural part of the land. Crookston said organizers hope to be able to develop the eastern part of the park quickly, and work could be done on both at the same time.
Work to make the area a park began in 2010, when organizers started efforts to buy the land.
Numerous community fundraisers have helped raise money for the project.
Participants at the groundbreaking will be given a bulb to plant at the park that will serve as a reminder of the event, Crookston said. She said she wants as many people as possible to be involved.
“The whole community made this happen, and we want the whole community to be here and a part of it,” Crookston said.
Once the park is completed, it is slated to feature playground areas, an amphitheater and a sled-riding area, among other amenities.
After years of working to make the park a reality, Crookston said, she is excited about the possibility that people will be able to use at least part of the site soon.
“It's exciting to think that this time next year, people will be enjoying it,” Crookston said.
Tom McGee is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 1513, or firstname.lastname@example.org.