Proposals seek recreation upgrades in Scott
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Scott commissioners have received two proposals that could result in free improvements and additions to two township recreational sites.
Girl Scout Elizabeth Evans offered June 12 to apply for a Duquesne Light Power of Light grant that would supply lighting for the municipal ballpark, which is adjacent to the township building on Lindsay Road.
And representatives from the Pitcher Memorial Skatepark outlined their plan that could install a skate park at Scott Park.
Elizabeth, 12, who would prepare the light proposal for her Girl Scout Silver Award, said the municipal park is used by a dozen girls softball teams. However, the field's lack of lighting limits practice times, increases the risk of injury and precludes the teams from hosting tournaments, she contended.
Presenting a map with the percentage of light that is needed, she proposed the installation of lights with visors, which would direct the light onto the field and minimize any effect on nearby neighbors, she said.
The Power of Light program has helped other nearby communities like Kennedy, Collier and Robinson, she added.
She proposed preparing a pamphlet that would be distributed to residents of the nearby Chartiers Terrace Housing Association at a gathering at the field.
However, Board President Tom Castello said last Thursday that he has scheduled a meeting with the Chartiers Terrace Housing Association Board of Directors about the lighting proposal. Mr. Castello serves as solicitor for the housing cooperative.
In a related matter, representatives from the Pitcher Memorial Skatepark presented their plan that could install a $600,000 cement skatepark at Scott Park at no cost to the township. Eighty-five percent of the cost will be paid by two foundations and the remaining 15 percent would be obtained through fundraising.
The multiuse park, to be designed by Grindline Skateparks of Seattle, could be used by bikers, skateboarders and rollerbladers.
"North Park really wants us, but we really see a need for it in the South Hills," Alexis Aggazio-Bach said.
"When this is built, it will become a destination skatepark initially," added Mary Pitcher, who noted that eventually people will come from other states to use the facility.
The park, which would take six months to construct, would include a memorial wall to two of her sons who drowned during a 2008 camping trip.
Although hours and rules would be under Scott's control, Mrs. Pitcher said all users must wear helmets. A small skatepark already exists at Scott Park.
Commissioner Bill Wells was concerned that the proposed skatepark would be within 10 feet of some backyards.
"Is it something we really need? We already have a pretty full park," he said.
Commissioner Stacey Altman pointed out that parking could be an issue.
Officials promised to discuss the offer and vote on it Tuesday.
The skatepark is being considered, too, by officials in nearby Carnegie and Mt. Lebanon.
First Published June 21, 2012 5:00 am