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Murrysville Community Park buffer will help protect water quality in Steele's Run

Patrick Varine
| Thursday, June 21, 2018, 4:45 p.m.
Along with Haymaker Run (above, at Sardis Road and Old William Penn Highway), Steele's Run is one of two Murrysville streams with high water quality. A new buffer project at the stream's source aims to keep it that way.
Lillian DeDomenic | For the Tribune-Review
Along with Haymaker Run (above, at Sardis Road and Old William Penn Highway), Steele's Run is one of two Murrysville streams with high water quality. A new buffer project at the stream's source aims to keep it that way.

Murrysville officials are targeting late July to begin work on a natural buffer in Murrysville Community Park to maintain high water quality in Steele's Run.

Funded through multiple sources — including a $50,000 state grant, $40,000 from two private donors and $25,000 from Dominion, which has an easement running through the park — the buffer will include more than 430 trees planted along the stream's banks.

The area is the source for Steele's Run, one of two high-quality streams in the municipality along with Haymaker Run.

The buffer will be located near the site of the property's original farmhouse. A stone root cellar is one of the historical remnants that can still be seen.

Public works crews will be tasked with building a new pavilion. Improvements are planned for the parking area including making it handicap-accessible. Plans are also in the works for a crushed-stone walking trail, an overlook area with benches and interpretive signs outlining the buffer's benefits, municipal Chief Administrator Jim Morrison said.

Long-term, the municipality's goal is to connect the crushed-stone trail through an open field to an existing trail in the park's wetlands.

Patrick Varine is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-2862, pvarine@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MurrysvilleStar.

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