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Change in track surface color could net Brentwood $2,900 savings

| Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

Brentwood could save $2,900 by changing plans for the soon-to-be renovated stadium's track surface to be red, instead of blue.

“I don't think it's worth $2,900 for blue,” said Councilman Rich Schubert. “It's just esthetic and I don't think it's worth $2,900.”

Brentwood borough council talked through more details associated with the first two phases of the $8 million park refurbishment Tuesday night. The ground breaking ceremony for phases one and two of the Brentwood Park renovation will be May 3 at 10 a.m. on the practice field behind Brentwood Public Library.

Borough council is scheduled to vote on the following items on Tuesday, after the South Hills Record's deadline.

• Council is reconsidering a blue 400-meter track in Brentwood Stadium to save $2,900. Blue was the first option, as Brentwood Borough School District's colors are blue and gold. Of the less expensive options — standard red or black — some of the elected officials said they thought red was more appropriate.

“That black would make it awfully hot,” Mayor Kenneth Lockhart said.

• Lighting estimates for the Brentwood Park renovation total about $400,000 and, if approved, would be installed at the new baseball field, and dek hockey, tennis and basketball courts. Lighting would be provided by Musco Lighting for design and construction services.

• Naming rights for items and facilities in Brentwood Park will be revisited by council at a future date. Council would like to further review and discuss the proposed “Community Sponsorship and Naming Rights” policy before voting on the resolution, said Councilman John Frombach.

Council members said they would like to decide if “naming rights” means giving, for example, the stadium one sponsor such as Pepsi, or many smaller signs and advertising opportunities within the facility. Also, naming rights could be smaller fund raisers such as allowing the public to purchase bricks on a walkway.

“I think it's a great idea. I think we just need to be careful,” said Councilman Martin Vickless.

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

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