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Springdale to get kayak launch, other riverfront improvements

Brian C. Rittmeyer
| Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, 12:41 a.m.

A kayak launch, new restrooms and paving are going to be included in upcoming improvements to Spring­dale's riverfront.

The borough received a $100,000 grant from the state's Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The money was included in $33.1 million awarded to communities and nonprofit organizations for 219 recreation and conservation projects across the state.

Money for the grants comes from a portion of the realty transfer tax; the Environmental Stewardship Fund; license fees on all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles; and federal money.

The grant requires a $100,000 match from the borough, which Springdale Councilman Michael Ziencik said will be included in next year's borough budget.

According to the state, work will include construction of about two-tenths of a mile of trail along Colfax Avenue from Railroad Street to the Allegheny River; a kayak launch; overlook; handicapped access; landscaping; a project sign; and other related site improvements.

Permanent bathrooms will replace portable units the borough has paid to rent, Ziencik said. The kayak launch will be in addition to the existing boat launch.

Work is expected to be done next year, Ziencik said.

Plans for the work are complete and have been sitting around for about four years, Ziencik said. The grant “is a nice boost and a shot in the arm to get the project started.

“I think, with the improvement, it will enhance it and it will get more use,” he said of the area. “Especially having a kayak launch ramp and everything. That will put a draw in. I do feel strongly about that.”

Other projects receiving funding in the Alle-Kiski Valley:

• Fox Chapel, $139,000 for development of the Squaw Run Trail. Work will include construction of about a half-mile of trail and a bridge from Hunt Road to Squaw Run Road East, handicapped access and landscaping.

• Armstrong County, $30,700 to study the feasibility of rehabilitating the Belmont Complex swimming pool in East Franklin.

• Ford City, $25,000, for further rehabilitation of the Armstrong Trail in the borough. Work will include rehabilitation of about 1.5 miles of trail from Route 128 to 14th Street, handicapped access and landscaping.

• Allegheny Ridge Corp., $213,000 to implement the Kiski Valley greenway plan with a focus on corridor protection and trail development in Salina, Avonmore, Vandergrift and Apollo.

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4701 or brittmeyer@tribweb.com.

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