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Pathway to give visitors safer walk in Greensburg park

| Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, 8:55 p.m.

Mike Zimmerlink grew up near St. Clair Park in Greensburg and liked the idea of putting the names of family members on bricks as part of a walkway planned in the recreation area.

Zimmerlink, who lives in a San Diego suburb, bought an engraved brick with the names of his late parents, Ed and Ann Zimmerlink, on it.

He also purchased a brick as a gift for his sister and her husband, Valerie and Chuck Yengst, both former Greensburg residents.

The two bricks are among 84 with names on them that will be mixed in with unmarked bricks to form the secondary walkway off North Maple Avenue into the park, city officials said.

“I knew it would be a great gift and my parents could live on a bit (with their names inscribed) on a brick,” Zimmerlink said.

Most of the 4-by-8-inch bricks, which sold for $100 each, were bought with other people in mind, said Steve Gifford, executive director of the Greensburg Community Development Corp., one of the groups involved in the project.

“The majority of the pavers are in memory of a loved one,” Gifford said. “A couple are for local businesses.”

Several people who bought bricks no longer live in the area, Gifford said.

Zimmerlink grew up on Center Avenue, not far from the park.

The brick project is expected to be finished in February, well before SummerSounds, the annual summer concert series held in the park, Gifford said.

City officials wanted the pathway to help visitors to avoid the mud and tree roots many concert goers encountered if they used the secondary entrance.

Contractor Country Farms has already added plain bricks to the pathway, Gifford said.

The engraved ones will be mixed in with the unmarked bricks, he added.

Workers earlier added a sand and gravel bed for the bricks and removed trees and roots that posed safety concerns.

The new walkway will look better and do away with the fear of people tripping and getting hurt, Gifford said.

“It's going to be a great new path and entrance into St. Clair Park,” he added.

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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