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Recreation ideas wanted for former Pittsburgh Cut Flowers

| Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Allegheny Land Trust is seeking ideas for ways to use the 180-acre former Pittsburgh Cut Flower Co. property in Richland.

A brainstorming session to gather suggestions is set for 2 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at the Northern Tier Regional Library.

Landscape architect Sara Moore, Chatham University graduate student James Snow and representatives of Allegheny Land Trust will gather input and present sketches of potential opportunities at the site.

Allegheny Land Trust plans to buy the property for $1.4 million from its current owners — Legacy Landings LLC — and permanently protect the land for recreation and limited economic development.

So far, the trust has received more than $1 million in grants and donations for the purchase, according to Roy Kraynyk, director of land protection for the trust.

The gifts include a $509,500 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

A $14,250 grant from the Garden Club of Allegheny County is among the latest donations. The garden group wants the trust to use the gift for developing a master plan for the former Pittsburgh Cut Flower Co. property.

The trust plans to use the money to maximize public input on how the land should be used for public recreation.

In February, about 170 people attended an inaugural brainstorming session at the Northern Tier library. Some suggested hiking, fishing, canoeing and disc golfing. Others recommended the property for weddings, community gardens, guided horseback rides and a farmer's market. Others proposed a café, restrooms and a museum.

Northern Tier Regional Library is at 4015 Dickey Road, Richland. For information on the April 20 meeting, call Allegheny Land Trust at 412-741-2750.

Deborah Deasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6369 or ddeasy@tribweb.com.

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