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Penguins, CNX Resources to build playground at Northmoreland Park

Rich Cholodofsky
| Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, 5:09 p.m.
The Pittsburgh Penguins and local energy company CNX Resources Corp. will build a new playground at Northmoreland Park in Allegheny Township.
The Pittsburgh Penguins and local energy company CNX Resources Corp. will build a new playground at Northmoreland Park in Allegheny Township.

The Pittsburgh Penguins and local energy company CNX Resources Corp. will build a playground at Northmoreland Park in Allegheny Township.

CNX officials announced this week that the company, along with the Penguins Foundation, will pay for the equipment and installation of the playground adjacent to a pavilion under construction in Westmoreland County's largest public park.

“Westmoreland County is a vital area to the future of our company, and many of our employees live and work here, so we see it as our responsibility to help better a community that's been so great to us,” said Craig Neal, vice president of operations at CNX. “The Penguins Foundation does a tremendous amount for the youth of our region. We're excited to partner with them to create something that will have a positive, lasting effect on the children here.”

The donation is part of CNX's annual month of giving and the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation Operation Restore initiative, which tackles environmental restoration and community revitalization.

“The Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation is proud to partner with CNX on a very important community initiative in Westmoreland County,” said Dave Soltesz, president of the Penguins Foundation. “We are committed to this playground project at Northmoreland Park because it will provide much-needed recreational space and create exciting new opportunities for local children and their families. As we always say at the Penguins Foundation, ‘Kids are the future.' ”

Plans for the park were officially unveiled Monday during a public meeting of the county commissioners.

“Northmoreland Park ... sees over 100,000 visitors annually. The playground will be a great addition, complementing a brand new pavilion at the park's entrance,” commission Chairwoman Gina Cerilli said.

The park is expected to cost about $60,000, according to CNX officials.

Greg McCloskey, director of the county's department of parks and recreation, said no county workers will be used to install the playground equipment.

The playground will be positioned next to a new pavilion that is being built at the 580-acre park. It is expected to be completed in the spring, McCloskey said.

“This pavilion and playground will be the newest and a very nice amenity at the park,” he said.

Rich Cholodofsky is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-830-6293 or

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