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Scottdale Parks Commission looks to 'adopt' borough parks

| Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 9:01 p.m.

Members of the Scottdale Parks Commission are working out the details to implement a new Adopt-a-Park program that was the idea of commission member Jason Ware.

Colleen Kenney, president of the parks commission, said Ware brought the idea to the attention of his fellow commission members. They were impressed with the participation of neighbors during a cleanup day at Pittsburgh Street Park.

“He thought if we could get the neighbors and businesses to take the initiative and take care of the park closest to them, sort of like the Adopt-a-Highway program, it would really be a benefit to the borough and the whole community,” she said.

Ideas that could be considered include having the group of residents or businesses to schedule cleanup days to pick up garbage in the parks or paint playground equipment if needed.

But the idea would be more than just the physical upkeep.

Borough Manager Angelo Pallone said such a group could report any concerns about the park or alert police to any suspicious activities in the park.

“I think this would be a great program,” he said. “Everything we do with the parks comes out of our general fund unless we get grants, so having residents or businesses helping us with these kinds of things would be a good thing.”

Kenney said there are seven parks that need attention, including cleaning and updating.

“We're brainstorming right now to try and figure out how to implement the program with the neighbors of the parks,” she said, adding the parks commission thought about mailing fliers to the neighbors and inviting them to a parks commission meeting to discuss the program.

The parks commission meets at 6 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of every month in the lobby of the Scottdale Borough Building.

Rachel Basinger is a contributing writer.

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