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Reconstruction of Plum's Larry Mills Park soccer fields to begin in September

| Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 9:01 p.m.

Fred Lucas each year hopes for a relatively dry spring.

Rainy weather takes its toll on three of the upper soccer fields at Larry Mills Park.

Lucas, Plum Soccer Association president, said the rain water on the fields has no place to drain.

“It's always a problem,” he said.

Lucas is pleased that Plum Borough is proceeding with plans to fix the problem.

The borough is accepting bids for the work that is to include installation of a drainage system, re-grading the fields, spreading topsoil and seeding so the grass grows back.

Councilman Michael Dell said the money for the project is included in the 2014 borough budget.

“Money was allocated for the soccer fields,” Dell said.

The bids are scheduled to be opened on Aug. 4 and could be considered by council during the Aug. 11 voting meeting.

Plum's $11 million budget for 2014 includes about $180,000 for the total reconstruction of the upper soccer fields at the park, said borough public works building and grounds Supervisor Joe Fischetti.

Lucas said the work is tentatively scheduled to be done in September.

“The borough really worked with us on this,” Lucas said. “They would have liked to do it in the spring, but we have a tournament in August.”

Lucas said the fields won't be used for about a year while the grass has a chance to grow.

In the meantime, the soccer association plans to use the other fields at the complex off Oblock Road as well as Boyce Park and school district fields.

Lucas said the complex has seven fields that are used during soccer season in the spring and fall.

The drainage system project is the second one in the past couple of years. Lucas said the association spent $190,000 to install lights in the upper field area.

Lucas said the soccer association members appreciate the borough's attention to fixing the drainage problem.

“Things are going good,” Lucas said. “We are very very appreciative of the borough taking that (the drainage project) on.”

In turn, Lucas said soccer association members help out the borough when needed.

“When they need something like volunteers at community days (the annual Plum Community Festival), we do it for them,” Lucas said.

Lucas said soccer continues to grow in popularity in Plum with about 700 families participating in the program.

“Even though the population of children hasn't grown, every year in the last 10 years our numbers have increased,” Lucas said.

Karen Zapf is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-871-2367 or kzapf@tribweb.com.

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