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Cranberry community officials plan fitness trails

| Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Jasmine Goldband | Tribune-Review
Ron Mooney of REM, LLC installs playground equipment for the new Kids Castle playground at Cranberry Community Park Monday, August 26, 2013.

Even as Cranberry officials prepare for a Sept. 26 dedication ceremony for Kids Castle, the 2013 community project, they're already working on the project for next year.

Officials with the Cranberry Township Community Chest want to create several fitness trails through Graham and North Boundary parks, and include exercise stations.

“It will be a great asset for the community,” said township Supervisor Bruce Mazzoni, treasurer for the community chest. “The playground was for the kids, and the exercise stations will be for the adults.”

According to the community chest's 2012-2013 annual report, the trails are designed to keep residents healthy and in shape. Mazzoni said township officials and residents had expressed interest in developing the trails, leading to the community project.

“It's not that labor intensive and not that much of a financial commitment,” Mazzoni said. “Compared to the playground, it'll be a nice breather. It's definitely a six-figure project, but nothing like the scope of the playground.”

Mazzoni said that there's a potential sponsor for the project but said he couldn't offer additional information because no agreements have been finalized.

“Equipment along these trails can consist of natural features such as climbable rocks, trees or stream embankments, as well as manufactured products including stepping posts, chin-up and climbing bars,” the annual report stated.

Officials are expected to host a dedication ceremony beginning 4:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Kids Castle playground, which is in the Cranberry Township Community Park and replaced the outdated Playtime Palace.

The Cranberry Township Community Chest committed $50,000 toward the nearly $500,000 cost of the Kids Castle playground to be used for playground equipment.

Past Cranberry Township Community Chest projects were an electronic community sign at routes 19 and 228 in 2011 and the scouting plaza in Graham Park in 2012. Part of the proceeds for the projects have come from the township's annual Community Days festivals, which are organized by the community chest.

Bill Vidonic is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5621 or bvidonic@tribweb.com.

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