Anytime Fitness pledges donations to Roaring Run Trail, Rachel Carson Park |
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Emily Balser

An Alle-Kiski Valley business owner is hoping to give back to help maintain outdoor recreation areas in two communities.

Matt McCool, owner of Anytime Fitness gyms in Cheswick and Allegheny Township, plans to give $25 for each person who joins by May 15 to the Roaring Run Watershed Association and Rachel Carson Park.

“We just think this is an opportunity to make a difference directly in the community,” McCool said.

McCool said he doesn’t have a fundraising goal in mind, but whatever is collected will be split between the two groups.

Ken Kaminski, president of the Roaring Run Watershed Association, said he appreciates any donations.

“It’ll probably be used mainly for trail maintenance,” he said. “We had a lot of damage, a lot of washouts.”

The association owns about 650 acres of land and maintains trails along the Kiski River in Apollo, North Apollo and Kiski Township.

Cheswick will receive the donation for Rachel Carson Park because it’s maintained by the borough.

Borough Secretary Loraine Zebrine said the money would likely go toward maintenance such as grass cutting and maintaining the park’s gazebo and pavilion.

“It’s good to see people taking care of resources in the community,” she said.

As part of giving back to the community, each gym location is offering free community workouts in May.

They will be held at Rachel Carson Park at 6 p.m. on May 15 and May 29 and at Hyde Park Plaza at 6 p.m. May 6 and May 20.

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