The Boys Home Park property in South Fayette may be converted to recreational fields for residents and township programs.
Plans for the property call for three large multi-purpose fields that can be used for soccer, lacrosse and football, which the township hopes will be ready for use in the fall of 2017, said South Fayette manager Ryan Eggleston.
The township owns the land, and officials have set aside $500,000 in the approved 2016 budget for the Boys Home Park Field Development project.
“It will only partially cover the cost. Now we just have to look and see what the numbers are for this project, and how to raise additional funds,” Mr. Eggleston said. Commissioners approved advertising for bids on May 11.
“It’s on the back end of the property, very near Oakdale,” Mr. Eggleston said of the site, which can be accessed off Seminary Road. “It is already cleared out.”
Eight smaller fields off Hickory Grade Road were eliminated by a school that is being built by Watson Institute. Another area for recreation, Coppers Field, is slated for future development.
With the township’s growth, the elimination of fields and an increase in recreation programs, Mr. Eggleston believes there is “real desire to have continued improvement in our parks areas.”
Currently, the only other location for recreational fields and programs is in Fairview Park.
“The addition of the Boys Home fields would be a long-term solution,” Mr. Eggleston said.
Amy Philips-Haller, freelance writer: email@example.com