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Leetsdale park, boat ramp could see upgrades

| Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Users of two Leetsdale recreational areas could soon see upgrades.

Council members could consider next month adding a pavilion to a boat ramp area on Petrun Road and a gazebo to Lynn Kohlmeyer Park near Washington Street.

Combined costs for the two projects could be about $6,300, Mayor Pete Poninsky said.

Councilman Joe McGurk said he would offer council specific costs at May's public meetings.

Adding a gazebo to Kohlmeyer Park could boost appeal, McGurk said.

“It would finish the park,” he said. “Right now, it's absent of anything other than the benches.

The park includes a fenced in playground.

“People could have their lunch there,” McGurk said. “It wouldn't require too much beyond that. We have all of kinds of trees over there … and bushes and lighting.”

In 2011, Leetsdale leaders renamed Washington Street Park in memory of former councilwoman, borough worker and volunteer Lynn Kohlmeyer, who died at age 46 in 2010 after battling breast cancer.

The borough's boat ramp is located at the end of Petrun Road near the Leetsdale Industrial Park.

It was unclear how many boaters use the ramp in a year. There is no fee for using the ramp, according to state Fish and Boat Commission data.

Bobby Cherry is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-324-1408 or rcherry@tribweb.com.

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