The park renovation shouldn't have taken so long

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I enjoyed Grant Oliphant's Forum article "Pittsburgh's Point: Point State Park Symbolizes What We Can Do Together" (June 2), which tells about the massive renovation to the park.

However, I take exception to his statement that "remarkably, Point State Point has remained open throughout the project." In my memory, the whole park was closed for at least one year. For other years, significant portions were closed for one to two years. Even for the official opening of the fountain, access was limited to the walkways along the Monongahela and Allegheny rivers to protect recently planted grass. Couldn't this have been prevented by better planning?

Does anyone remember that for two years, the Three Rivers Arts Festival concerts were held in the triangle that is now home to the Golden Triangle T station? I do.

But mostly, I can't understand that while two brand new stadiums could be built in two years, it took seven years to renovate an existing park.

I guess the priorities are obvious.

JUDSON KRISTOFF
Mount Washington


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