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Construction cancels Murrysville park events

| Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Lillian DeDomenic | For The Murr
Murrysville officials have closed the area around the Townsend Park pond for the month of September while new fishing decks are built. Demolition of the old deck and excavation for the new deck began earlier this month. Ron Heilman levels the ground around the pavillion. Lillian DeDomenic | For The Murrysville Star

Work to rebuild the fishing decks at Townsend Park have caused the cancellation of two events this month.

Murrysville officials announced that this weekend's family camp out is canceled and will not be rescheduled until the fall of next year.

Dogs at Work, a dog expo that had been scheduled for Sept. 28, was canceled after being rescheduled earlier this year.

Workers are building two fishing decks at Townsend Park this month that will meet the requirements of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. The $54,000 project is partially funded by a $42,000 grant from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Murrysville is covering the rest of the cost.

Previously, Townsend Park pond — which is the site of several municipal fishing tournaments — had one fishing deck. The project will expand the deck to be 60 feet long and 12 feet wide.

A second, 40-foot-long deck will be built on the other side of the pond. Both decks will have spaces designated for people with disabilities to fish.

The area surrounding the pond is closed through the end of September as crews continue to work on the project. Murrysville Council awarded Joseph M. Hughes Carpenter was awarded the contract in August.

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

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