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Council seeks funds for Carnegie Park

| Thursday, Oct. 14, 2004

Although Carnegie's business district was devastated by flooding last month, it hasn't stopped officials from seeking money to rehabilitate the largest and only multipurpose park in the borough.

Council President Dorothy Kelly said they are aggressively seeking grants to spruce up Carnegie Park.

The park is on a hill along Forsythe Road so it wasn't affected too much Sept. 17 when record rains pounded the region, causing flooding in the lower parts of Carnegie.

Still, the park needs to be enhanced, said Councilman Larry Harkovich.

"We need to bring the park up to par," Harkovich said. " It's been neglected for a long time."

He said trees and other vegetation need to be trimmed, the shelters need to be updated, it needs a nice entrance and parking area.

"The whole park needs to be beautified," Harkovich said.

Both Harkovich and Kelly said there was never money set aside specifically for the care of the park.

Carnegie public works crews cut the grass for the park, but that's about it, Kelly said.

Kelly said the area now known as Carnegie Park was donated by the Forsythe family about 53 years ago. Before then, it was farmland.

Over the years, tennis courts, a hockey pad, playground, baseball field and about five shelters were built at the site.

The borough's only other recreation areas -- Chiodo and Seventh Avenue fields -- are just used for sports.

Kelley said they hope to use the grant to hire a consultant develop an overall plan for Carnegie Park.

The borough's intern, University of Pittsburgh student Joe Kauer, has been given the task of finding the grant money.

Carnegie Park is used for various community and private activities, including weddings, nature studies, bird watches and graduation parties.

"It's important for the people to have open space to go to," Kelly said. "If this is done properly, maybe we could put in more shelters, which we could rent out and bring in more money."

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