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Murrysville Community Park will host softball-baseball complex

| Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, 1:03 p.m.

Murrysville officials plan to move forward with the creation of a softball-baseball complex at Murrysville Community Park.

Council Wednesday agreed to split one large baseball field at the community park into three for the use of the Franklin Regional Athletic Association. They instructed Chief Administrator Jim Morrison to gather more information before agreeing to a proposal that would enable the association to post signs featuring local businesses along the fences.

“I don't think council has any problems with the development of new fields,” council President Joan Kearns said. “There's just language (in the proposal) that we really need to pore over and make sure is in the best interest of the community.”

The municipality will spend about $150,000 on the field project during the next 18 months.

As part of the agreement, the association will sign over the rights to Little Haymaker Field, a ball field adjacent to the Murrysville Community Center. The municipality will spend an additional $50,000 to convert that property into supplemental parking for the community center.

Council is slated to give its final approval or rejection at its Aug. 21 meeting.

Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8627, or dkurutz@tribweb.com.

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