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O'Hara officials consider adding walking trail at Woodland Park

Jan Pakler | for The Herald
Work is being scheduled for improvements at Woodland Park in O'Hara.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

A walking trail may be added at Woodland Park in O'Hara Township.

Township park and recreation committee members recently met at the park on Villa Drive, off Dorseyville Road, to discuss potential improvements to the property.

“We talked about a walking path or a community garden,” township Manager Julie Jakubec said.

Ideas are preliminary, she said, but the nature of the park lends itself to these more “passive recreation projects.”

Parks and recreation commission members toured the property, where the upper field abuts a neighboring farm.

“There literally is a path where the cows used to walk,” Jakubec said.

That area would lend itself to a walking area, she said.

Money is not slated in this year's budget for work. A start to the project this year might include planting trees along the perimeter to delineate the park from the farm, she said.

Council spent $21,000 two years ago to install new playground equipment at Woodland Park.

The township replaced an old wooden unit with a new climber and slides. The township paid for a new layer of wood chips in the play area at that time too.

Work was part of a comprehensive plan to upgrade each of the municipal parks. Over the course of two years, council spent more than $100,000 to resurface the tennis courts at Meadow Park, pave the parking lots at Squaw Valley and install new lighting at Sacco Park.

Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-782-2121, ext. 2 or at

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