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Sitting on the dock has new meaning at Aspinwall Riverfront Park

Tawnya Panizzi
| Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, 2:57 p.m.
Jan Pakler | For the Tribune Review
Workers from Marion Hill Associates complete work at the Aspinwall Riverfront new dock that includes a mesh section and swings.
Jan Pakler | For the Tribune Review
Workers from Marion Hill Associates complete work at the Aspinwall Riverfront new dock that includes a mesh section and swings.
Workers continue hanging mesh and chairs along the new dock at the Aspinwall Riverfront Park.
Jan Pakler | For the Tribune Review
Workers continue hanging mesh and chairs along the new dock at the Aspinwall Riverfront Park.
Jan Pakler | For the Tribune Review
Workers from Marion Hill Associates complete work at the Aspinwall Riverfront new dock that includes a mesh section and swings.
Jan Pakler | For the Tribune Review
Workers from Marion Hill Associates complete work at the Aspinwall Riverfront new dock that includes a mesh section and swings.
Workers continue hanging mesh and chairs along the new dock at the Aspinwall Riverfront Park.
Jan Pakler | For the Tribune Review
Workers continue hanging mesh and chairs along the new dock at the Aspinwall Riverfront Park.

Nearly 1,000 pounds of steel comprises the newest section of the public fishing dock at Aspinwall Riverfront Park.

Installed Aug. 29, the mesh cage was uniquely designed to accommodate swings overlooking the Allegheny River.

“Since the beginning, it’s been our goal to create a park that’s a community treasure and catalyst for trail expansion to be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of where they live in the region,” said Susan Crookston, park executive director.

In doing that, Crookston and her team tried to create designs that are functional, fun and maybe even quirky.

The most recent project supports that — the mesh section at the foot of a handicapped-accessible gangway houses hanging chairs to allow visitors to look into the water.

“We hope that this final piece of the dock design sweeps people off their feet both literally and figuratively,” she said.

Crookston said she’s grateful to donors for ongoing support that enables her team to “dream big and get things done.”

The project was designed and implemented by Pittsburgh-based Environmental Planning & Design along with Marion Hill Divers of New Brighton.

Cost was not released.

Work was paid for through a donation from the estate of Crafton native William Cadwallader, a park and fishing enthusiast, and with grants from the Hillman Foundation.

“Bill’s Fishing Dock” opened July 2, at the 10-acre park at 285 River Ave., just off Freeport Road.

Crookston said the mission of the dock aligns with that of the park — to give people a place to enjoy and experience access to the river.

“It should be part of every Pittsburgher’s DNA,” Crookston said.

For more, visit aspinwall riverfrontpark.org .

Tawnya Panizzi is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tawnya at 412-782-2121, ext. 2, tpanizzi@tribweb.com or via Twitter @tawnyatrib.

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