State grants provide expanded public docks in Sharpsburg |

State grants provide expanded public docks in Sharpsburg

Tawnya Panizzi
The new docks at the James Sharp Landing in Sharpsburg are open along 13th Street.

Fishing and boating enthusiasts have even more reason to spend the day at James Sharp Landing along the Allegheny River.

New, larger docks were installed this month at the Sharpsburg hot spot along 13th Street.

The cost was nearly $63,000, paid with grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, officials said.

The borough earned $25,000 from the DCED and $38,000 from the DCNR.

Money also covered paving and improved lighting at the complex, which in recent years has been upgraded and transformed into a space where residents can fish, feed the ducks and relax under the gazebo.

Council member Karen Pastor has said the board plans to continue to improve the landing for residents and the visitors that it draws.

Water enthusiasts from across the region flock to the landing for its free public boat and kayak launches, fishing pier and community events.

Pastor believes the increased dock space will bring even more traffic to the boat ramp and to the borough’s business district as well.

Tawnya Panizzi is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tawnya at 412-782-2121 x1512, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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