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Brentwood Park master plan gets council's OK

| Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, 9:31 p.m.

A multi-million dollar, multi-phase renovation project in Brentwood Park will begin in the spring.

Borough council unanimously approved the master land development plan for the first two phases of the $8 million Brentwood Park renovation on Tuesday.

“It's been a long five years,” said Councilman Charlie Johnson, who also serves as a member of the Brentwood Park Initiative, a nonprofit organization of community leaders and residents working to raise funds for the project.

Phases one and two of the project cost of $2.1 million and will include a six-lane 400-meter track and turf field for the stadium, a standard-size dek hockey rink, one tennis court, one basketball court and two additional baseball fields. Kevin Lynch, of J.T. Sauer & Associates, the firm that created the master plans, said the specifics of the project will go out for a bid in February, with tentative council approval of a construction contract in late March and work beginning on the project in May.

Construction will take three months and is expected to be finished in August, depending on the weather, Lynch said.

“We will be at the mercy of the weather,” Lynch said.

The bleachers in Brentwood Park Stadium are scheduled for upgrades in future phases, causing the track and field to be off-center by about 15 yards until they are completed. Councilmen Martin Vickless and Pasquale “Pat” Carnevale have been vocal about competing the bleachers along with the track and field, which both noted when they cast their votes for the master plans.

But breaking the stadium into several phases will enable the borough to pay for the project a phase at a time, while also opening the project up to possible grants, said Frank Cappetta, a BPI director.

Meanwhile, borough council is considering funding a structural investigation of the existing stadium bleachers, supports, railings and hand rails through Gateway Engineers at the Jan. 22 business meeting.

Still, Johnson said he is excited to see the park project move forward.

“It means the world to me,” Johnson said of the project moving forward. “People 25 years ago wanted to do this and it just fell apart. None of this would be possible without the BPI. I hope the residents come down and help us do the rest of the park.”

Laura Van Wert is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5814 or at lvanwert@tribweb.com.

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