Allegheny County accepts land for proposed Montour Run park

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The nonprofit organization that assembled most of the land that eventually will become a new Allegheny County park is going out of business.

The county's Redevelopment Authority today accepted a $500,000 donation from the Sports Legacy Foundation. The money will go toward engineering and construction costs for the first playing field to be built at the new recreation complex, Dennis Davin, the county's economic development director, said. The foundation had donated the land to the Redevelopment Authority in 2008.

The 78-acre Montour Run recreation area will be constructed on former rail yards near the banks of the Ohio River in Coraopolis, Moon and Robinson. The site adjoins the "Mile 0" trailhead of the Montour Trail and will be linked to the popular biking and walking path.

Current plans call for developing the site with rugby, soccer, Gaelic football and lacrosse fields. Montour Run, a trout stream, cuts through the property and part of the area will be maintained for fishing.

The Redevelopment Authority will hold a public meeting to discuss proposals for the park and take comments from county residents, Mr. Davin said. No date or location has been set for that meeting.

"We can't thank the Sports Legacy Foundation enough for their work and for their donations," Mr. Davin said. The foundation also paid for much of the initial environmental clean-up of the brownfields site.

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Len Barcousky: lbarcousky@post-gazette.com or 724-772-0184.


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