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St. Clair Park brick path work to begin

| Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

Greensburg officials expect to begin work soon to create a brick walkway in St. Clair Park.

“We're hopeful to begin this fall,” said executive director Steve Gifford of the Greensburg Community Development Corp. “The actual landscaping should start this fall.”

The Red Brick Path Restoration Project is centered on the secondary entrance to the park on North Maple Avenue, near the railroad tracks.

The area becomes muddy in heavy rain, Councilman Rob DePasquale said.

City workers have removed three trees and their roots, which posed safety concerns, Gifford said.

About $3,000 of the $14,000 estimated cost has been raised so far, Gifford said.

The development group is handling the brick sales because its nonprofit status allows the contribution to be tax-deductible, he said.

Plans are to approach a foundation for additional financial help, organizers said. Three donors have pledged to help with funding, Gifford said.

People can buy a 4-by-8-inch brick for $100, Gifford said.

City government leaders and the city recreation department are involved in the project.

DePasquale and Councilman Randy Finfrock helped to inspire the project after they said they saw patrons of SummerSounds — the city's summer concert series — experience difficulty while walking in the area.

Families can put their names on bricks or affix a logo, Gifford said. Some people are using the bricks to memorialize loved ones who have died.

A donor can use up to three lines of engraving with a maximum 18 characters per line on a brick.

Organizers want to have the project finished before the SummerSounds concerts begin next year.

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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