State grant to fund fields near start of Montour Trail
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Pennsylvania has given Allegheny County a $300,000 grant to help build new athletic fields near the start of the Montour Trail.
The funds, from the state's Community Conservation Partnerships Program, will be used to buy and install a synthetic turf field for soccer, extend the biking and hiking trail, and pay for some landscaping.
"This is great news for Allegheny County and the communities in the west corridor," county Executive Rich Fitzgerald said Tuesday.
The county's Redevelopment Authority has taken the lead in restoring the brownfields site where the fields will be laid out. The site is in Coraopolis, Moon and Robinson.
The 78 acres formerly were used as maintenance and storage yards for the Montour Railroad. When completed, The Sports and Athletics Complex at Montour Junction will include playing fields suitable for soccer, rugby and lacrosse.
"This grant really offers Allegheny County a unique opportunity to provide additional recreational facilities and park amenities in that area of the county," Mr. Fitzgerald said. "The opportunities are really endless here, and this funding allows us to move forward with a significant part of the development now."
First Published November 29, 2012 12:00 am