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Brentwood updates rules for park, stadium

| Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Those planning to catch a game at Brentwood Stadium no longer will have a designated location to smoke cigarettes inside Brentwood Park.

Council members last week approved a resolution amending the borough's facility-rental policy, which outlined updates for use of the Brentwood swimming pool, community room, civic center, borough building, stadium, field, dek hockey rink and municipal park.

The policy, drafted two years ago, was updated to provide rules for improvements and additions at Brentwood Park, including the borough stadium — where turf and a track recently were added — and the dek hockey rink that is under construction, borough manager George Zboyovsky said. As a multiphase Brentwood Park improvement project — originally estimated to cost $8 million — moves forward, changes to park rules are needed, he said.

Council members opted to eliminate designated smoking areas from Brentwood Park, Zboyovsky said.

“We've been receiving complaints from people who are watching their kids play a game at one of the fields and they see someone nearby smoking,” the borough manager said.

Signs will be erected to alert people of the changes, as well as other rules for the stadium, field and dek hockey rink, Zboyovsky said.

With the installation of turf — replacing a grass field at Brentwood Stadium — earlier this year, rules banning the chewing of sunflower seeds and gum were implemented. Other rules ban the use of fireworks, open flames and model planes or rockets on the stadium field.

The newly installed track likely will be available for use by the end of October and the dek hockey rink completed at about the same time, the borough manager said.

All facilities are open for use only by borough residents, Zboyovsky said. Rental fees remain the same.

Council members last week questioned what constitutes an organized group and who would need to apply for a permit to use borough facilities.

“If a group of kids wanted to play hockey and they went up every Saturday like they've done for years and it's not a league, it's just Brentwood kids wanting to play hockey, I think they would not need a permit,” Councilman Rich Schubert said.

“But if they were doing things like we used to do when I was younger, like we used to pick teams and play our own little in-house league, is that considered organized?” Councilman Marty Vickless asked.

“What's considered organized? What's not?”

An organized group would be a borough organization, Zboyovsky said. A borough organization must consist of 75 percent or more Brentwood residents.

The ordinance will be available on the borough website, www.brentwoodboro.com.

Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or shacke@tribweb.com.

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