North Huntingdon outlines plans for $3 million in park improvements
North Huntingdon's parks and recreational areas could be in line for upgrades as part of a $3 million improvement plan spread over 10 years.
“People are asking for a dog park, to develop more walking trails, upgrading the restroom facilities, especially at ball fields, and want fitness and wellness features” at the parks, said Richard P. Rauso, a Trafford landscape architect who helped the township review recreation recommendations from a master plan developed by Environmental Planning & Design LLC of Pittsburgh.
Commissioners last week approved spending $20,000 each for master plans for Oak Hollow Park and Lions Park. North Huntingdon could be eligible for about $1.1 million in state grants for the projects once the plans are in place, assistant manager Mike Turley said.
The high priority items are based on Environmental Planning's recommendations, plus a review of projects designated as “early implementable,” according to Rauso.
Developing trails is a priority.
Oak Hollow Park's high priority items are development of a dog park, additional athletic fields, an amphitheater, trails, field lighting and a splash pad. For Lions Park, a dog park, stormwater management improvements, trails, a bridge and improved parking area are high priority items.
Commissioner Brian Blasko previously objected to spending money on a feasibility study for Lions Park, which he said would be suited for a dog park.
“It is a flooding disaster. I can't see spending the township's dollars for a park that I don't think most of the township even knows exists,” Blasko said.
Creating boat access to the Youghiogheny River across the CSX Corp. railroad tracks near the Turner Valley athletic fields is a medium priority, said Dan Miller, township parks and recreation director.
“It was not asked for, but we thought it was something unique the township could provide,” Rauso said.
A water access study would cost $15,000, and the ramp to the river could cost $200,000.
Joe Napsha is a Tribune-Review staff writer.Reach him at 724-836-5252 or email@example.com.