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Trafford council puts Fairmont project on back burner

| Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, 3:24 p.m.

One park project at a time is enough, Trafford Council members contend.

Borough officials said they aren't planning to apply for a state grant to supply the matching funds that Trafford Recreation Board members are seeking to help improve Fairmont Park.

Trafford already is on the hook for about $50,000 to match a $215,120 grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority to build two new pavilions, remodel the bathroom, improve the parking lot and make other changes to Westmoreland Park.

The rec board has some money available to match a grant from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, or DCNR, but not enough to make the project work now, council members said last week.

“Unfortunately, if you don't come up with the money, this council has to,” Councilwoman Vicki Megon told Rosemary Frollini of the rec board. “We don't have it at this point.”

Two years ago, an architect estimated that work to redesign Fairmont Park and install new equipment would cost about $100,000. A DCNR grant could provide half of that amount.

Frollini said the rec board has about $28,000 in its account that it wanted to commit to Fairmont Park. Friends of Penn-Trafford Area Recreation Commission also agreed to give the rec board a $5,000 grant last year.

But Councilman John Daykon said borough officials should focus on one project.

“My personal opinion is, can we take it one park at a time?”

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