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Time running out for Aspinwall residents' input on park

| Wednesday, May 2, 2012, 8:14 p.m.

With fundraising for the Aspinwall Riverfront Park project ongoing, organizers now want to hear from residents about how the park should look.

A survey is available online and at local municipal buildings that asks residents what features they would like to see at the park.

The deadline to complete the survey has been extended to May 7.

The survey asks how people would use the park and what features would be most important to them.

Susan Crookston, project coordinator, said organizers wanted to get an idea of what people want from the park.

"What we really want to get is a 30,000-foot view of what the community really needs," Crookston said.

After the results come in, the suggestions will be considered when designing the park.

"We want to design something people will use and love for many years," Crookston said.

Trish Klatt, head of the design committee, said people associated with the project want to make sure they do right by the community.

"We feel a responsibility," Klatt said. "We're stewards of the community's money and we need to know what their values are."

With numerous fundraisers and donations made by all ages, getting as much input as possible is important, she said.

"I feel like every single one of those people deserves to have their money spent in a way that is meaningful to them," Klatt said.

The opportunity to have a say in the development of a local park is one that should not be overlooked, Crookston said.

"It's really a unique thing for people to be able to actually participate in creating something that will potentially last for hundreds of years," Crookston said.

"If you think about the power of that, it's pretty exciting."

To take the survey online, see www.aspinwallriverfrontpark.org. Paper surveys are available at local municipal buildings.

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