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Walking, running top uses for Aspinwall Riverfront Park

| Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, 9:21 a.m.

ASPINWALL

A survey on the Aspinwall Riverfront Park property completed earlier this year will help guide the design process of the site.

The project's board of directors released survey findings last week.

Walking and running was voted the most important activity for the park, with 33 percent of the 1,675 respondents choosing that option.

Bike-riding received 18 percent of votes, a playground received 12 percent, and nature appreciation received 10 percent.

Susan Crookston, an Aspinwall resident who led efforts to buy the property, said she was impressed by the number of people who responded.

She said the survey attracted responses from a variety of people in the area.

“People in general are really excited to develop something that has a chance to interact with the river,” Crookston said.

The board also announced that Environmental Planning and Design of Pittsburgh will serve as the landscape architect of record for the project.

“So far, it's been a pleasure to work with them,” Crookston said.

The company will be joined by NIPpaysage of Montreal; studio d'ARC architects of Pittsburgh; Lennon, Smith, Souleret Engineering of Coraopolis; blue tomato design of Pittsburgh; and 360 Intelligent Marketing.

Representatives of the firm are talking with people familiar with the site.

Crookston said public tours of the park are possible in the future, along with public meetings to discuss land usage.

With the survey results in hand, Crookston said, planners can have an idea of how the new park will best serve the community.

“What the survey does is help guide our decision-making and create something that doesn't just serve a few people — but is really something the community wants,” Crookston said.

Tom McGee is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at tmcgee@tribweb.com.

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