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Group pitches in $2,500 for Trafford park work

| Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Trafford has another $2,500 to put toward an estimated $250,000 revamping of Westmoreland Park.

The Friends of Penn-Trafford Area Recreation Commission gave Trafford its second grant for the project, which borough officials expect to start later this year. In November, the Commonwealth Financing Authority awarded Trafford a $215,120 grant.

Public-works employees have been clearing the park site in preparation for construction.

The borough's consultants from Morris Knowles and Associates are finalizing the project specifications so council may advertise for bids, Councilman John Daykon said.

Because of the project, borough officials said, the park will not be available for rentals this year. Daykon said he hopes construction will be completed within a two-month time frame, but a dedication likely will be postponed until 2015.

The project will include the construction of two new pavilions, a remodeling of the bathroom, an improved parking area, new benches and new areas for bocce and horseshoe games.

“We're going to stretch that $250,000 as much as we can,” Daykon said.

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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