Renziehausen Park will house dek hockey rink by Project Power Play
Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation and Highmark executives met in McKeesport's Renziehausen Park on Wednesday to finalize plans for one of five Project Power Play dek hockey rinks planned for summer construction in the Greater Pittsburgh region.
Project Power Play is a $2.3 million initiative to build a dozen dek hockey rinks in Pittsburgh and surrounding communities over the course of four years, with Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield committing $1.5 million and the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation covering the remaining $800,000.
The project began in 2012 with rinks in Banksville Park and Lewis Park in Pittsburgh. In 2013, rinks were added to Brookline Memorial Park in Pittsburgh, Hosanna House Sherwood Event Center, Riverside Park and Richland Community Park in the suburbs.
“We are extremely excited to be part of the next round of communities to have this state-of-the-art facility become a part of our city,” McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko said. “We couldn't think of a better location than Renzie Park, which already is a tremendous asset not only to McKeesport but to the whole region.”
Cherepko believes that McKeesport's rink, a multi-purpose court measuring 155 feet by 75 feet, will be another draw for folks across the region to make their way into McKeesport.
Appropriate for use in dek hockey, soccer or lacrosse, it will feature a premier dasher board system, a Daktronics scoreboard, player benches covered by a metal shelter, a penalty box, goals and start-up dek hockey equipment.
Highmark Health executive vice president Dan Onorato said the rinks are proving to be community assets in every location. Focused on developing healthy communities, Highmark's wellness platform is furthered through Project Power Play.
“It fits into our vision about healthy living — getting kids outside and getting them active,” Onorato said. “Hockey is exciting. It's fast-paced. We want to put our money into programs that will be successful and kids will love, and we've seen it first-hand here.”
Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation president Dave Soltesz said the Highmark partnership enhanced the Project Power Play goal of promoting physical well-being to kids of all ages. With hockey gaining popularity in each passing professional season, there is a growing need for youth and community facilities, he said.
“Each dek has led to the creation of local youth associations with between 200-300 youngsters utilizing the facilities in organized programs,” Soltesz said. “Pick-up games, clinics and open times fill the remainder of their schedules.”
With McKeesport's rink construction planned for early August, city public works crews will begin to prepare the site in coming weeks. The city will form a McKeesport Hockey Association, including an operating board of community volunteers, to organize league games and other activities.
Cherepko said there will be opportunities for youth and adult games, community partnerships with entities such as Penn State Greater Allegheny and Auberle, and practice arrangements for regional ice hockey programs. Anyone interested in participating is asked to call the mayor's office at 412-675-5020, ext. 605.
Jennifer R. Vertullo is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1956, or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Day of prayer at McKeesport church shines light on HIV, AIDS
- Police: Man arrested in McKeesport on stalking, other charges had loaded gun
- Elizabeth Township promotes police veteran to chief
- McKeesport heritage center event recognizes famous black Mon Valley musicians
- Dump truck incident takes out traffic lights on Long Run Road in White Oak
- Elizabeth Township drops its solicitor, names interim replacement
- McKeesport incident among derailments that prompt Casey to push ‘crude-by-rail’ rule
- East Allegheny officials discuss cost savings, turf’s status at workshop meeting
- Vigil at site of homicide remembers slain McKeesport plumber
- Man suspected of robbing Elizabeth gas station with machete arrested
- Public comment policy varies in Mon Valley school districts