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St. Clair Park will get new pathway

| Thursday, June 27, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

Greensburg City Councilman Rob DePasquale took note of how muddy a pathway became at St. Clair Park while he attended a SummerSounds concert last year.

“I said we ought to do something about this,” DePasquale recalled.

Others got involved, and now anyone with $100 can have their name live on in posterity.

Greensburg officials are selling brick pavers for the Red Brick Path Restoration Project at the secondary entrance to the park on North Maple Avenue and near the railroad tracks.

The goal is to replace dirt, remove trees and tree roots and put down brick pavers as a walkway, said Steve Gifford, executive director of the Greensburg Community Development Corp.

The development agency is handling the brick sales because its nonprofit status allows the contributions to be tax deductible, Gifford explained.

“It could be in memory of a family member or friend,” Gifford said. “A business could put their name on it. Or someone could put a brick in memory of their son or daughter's graduation.”

Officials from city government and city recreation department join the development agency in sponsoring the project.

DePasquale mentioned his idea to Councilman Randy Finfrock.

“Older people come to SummerSounds and because it's uneven and has tree roots ... it was becoming difficult to walk,” Finfrock said.

The two councilmen have promised “seed money” toward the project, Gifford said.

DePasquale said he views his donation as a gift to the city as he completes his final year on council. He opted not to seek re-election.

Each 4-by-8-inch brick costs $100. A donor can use up to three lines of engraving with a maximum 18 characters per line on a brick, Gifford said.

The bricks will make the area look better, “and it's a safety issue, too,” Gifford said.

Organizers hope to begin the work in the fall or before the SummerSounds concerts next year.

“I think it's going to be a nice project,” DePasquale said.

Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or bstiles@tribweb.com.

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