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Penn Township Municipal Park pond to be off limits for fishing this year

| Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, 9:01 p.m.
(c) 2010 Bill Shirley
Photo by Bill Shirley For the Penn-Trafford Star The pond at Penn Township Municipal Park won't be open this year for fishing like it was for Barbara Vojnik of Harrison City and her daughter, Chloe, in this file photo. The pond will be closed until the end of the year so it may be expanded and new walking trails may be installed around it..

The pond at Penn Township Municipal Park will be off-limits for recreational fishing this year because of an expansion at the park.

Township officials are trying to determine whether they can transfer the fish to B-Y Park in Trafford or to private ponds so they can enlarge the pond and extend new walking trails around it.

The township has a deadline at the end of the year to complete work for the first phase of a 17-acre expansion, which is being covered by a $265,000 grant from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

The project is increasing the park by 17 acres to include the trails, a new pavilion, another parking lot and a new dog park that will open in the spring.

Township recreation commission members said last week the closure of the pond is necessary to complete the work by the end of December.

“That is probably going to be a dangerous area,” Paul Wersing of the need to block off the pond.

Cheryl Kemerer, director for the Penn-Trafford Area Recreation Commission, said public-works employees have made progress on completing a water line for the water foundation that will be in the dog park.

Township officials said they intend to open the dog park within a few months. It will have separate areas for small-breed and large-breed dogs.

Warrior Wonderland

Another section of the park also might be under construction within the next few years.

Kemerer told board members she will inspect the equipment in the 17-year-old Warrior Wonderland playground this spring. Last year, the township installed new safety surfacing around the equipment.

“Once this (municipal) park project is done, we'll probably want to bite that project next,” Wersing said. “We can do methodical replacement of equipment and updates.”

Park upkeep

Officials with the Penn Township Athletic Association said they intend to cover up “nasty” scrawlings marked in the dugout at field nine in the municipal park.

PTAA members found the markings earlier this month.

“As soon as we can get down there and cover it up, we'll paint over there,” said PTAA vice president Jeff Kelly, also donated $500 to the commission for maintenance at the fields. “It's pretty bad.”

Kelly said the organization reported the markings to township police.

Chris Foreman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400 ext. 8671 or cforeman@tribweb.com.

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