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Volunteers needed for work day at Aspinwall's Fountain Park

Jan Pakler | for The Herald
Aspinwall Neighborhood Watch president Lorraine Marks helps to prepare the playground for new equipment at the Fountain Park in Aspinwall.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

The mulch is ready to be spread and the pavilion and playground equipment will soon have a fresh look at Fountain Park in Aspinwall.

Volunteers along with the Aspinwall Neighborhood Watch group members will spend Saturday giving the park a facelift.

Work begins at 8 a.m. Coffee and breakfast snacks will be available, and a lunch break is scheduled.

Lorraine Marks, president of the Neighborhood Watch, said spreading mulch is the biggest task for volunteers.

“The major undertaking is a massive pile of mulch,” Marks said.

Mulch will be spread in the areas with newly installed equipment, which includes three new rocker pieces and a swing area that is accessible for people with disabilities.

Marks said people should bring pitchforks, shovels, gloves and anything else that would be needed for mulching.

If enough volunteers come out for the day, painting of the pavilion at the park and cleaning the park will be part of the work performed.

Paint has been donated, all that is needed is manpower, Marks said.

Getting the mulch spread will be the most important thing, though.

“If we don't get all the mulch down, we're not going to be able to open the park,” Marks said.

The Neighborhood Watch has been raising money for improvements to the park for several years through events such as National Night Out. The group has raised about $20,000.

Marks said she is excited to see years of work finally come to fruition.

“It's been like birthing a baby elephant,” Marks said.

Though excited about the first phase of work, Marks said the group will continue to raise funds for phase two of the project. That will include replacing more equipment.

“I'm very excited and yet I'm also anxious to continue the fundraising for phase two,” Marks said.

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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