Friday, December 7, 2012
The grass-like surface will cost about $48,000 and require very little maintenance.
Upper St. Clair commissioners approved a $48,000 contract Monday night to have Southwest Greens install synthetic turf at the municipal playground. The polypropylene surface will look like artificial grass. Its rubberized underlay will lessen the impact of falls. The synthetic grass is "an excellent choice for high-traffic, heavy-usage areas where low maintenance and water conservation is desired," according to the company's website. Commissioner Donald Rectenwald, Jr.—a former parks and recreation board member—expressed concern that the synthetic turf will become a standard for all parks in Upper St. Clair. "I can't imagine that it will be the standard," said Mark Mansfield, assistant township manager. Mansfield said the municipal park is…
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
A luau at an Upper St. Clair swimming pool will help keep alive memories of a young cancer patient.
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- Harry Funk
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Visit the Upper St. Clair Volunteer Fire Department's website, and you'll notice a prominently placed photograph in the upper righthand corner. Young Patrick O'Brien is pictured with an ear-to-ear smile as he shows off his custom-fit firefighter's outfit, showing his status as an honorary member of the department. The website also lists the dates 2002-10. That span, unfortunately, represents Patrick's life. He died at age 8 following a courageous battle with neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer that usually affects children. His parents, Stephen and Tracy, are keeping his memory alive by constructing a playground in his honor. Appropriately enough, it will have a fire engine theme, and it's to be built at Montclair Estates Community Pool, …
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
The play structure outside of the Upper St. Clair municipal building has been a fixture for two decades. A replacement is coming this fall.
Getting a bit dirty seems like a good tradeoff for a great place to play. That’s how Valerie Reagan views it when she visits the tot lot at the Upper St. Clair Municipal Building with her two children. Sure, the protective mulch makes for some laundry challenges. “But the equipment is very nice,” she said on Monday afternoon as her son climbed, slid and crawled on the multi-faceted structure that serves as the playground's centerpiece. Her daughter hasn’t started walking yet. But around the time she does, she and her brother will have something new on which to play. Upper St. Clair commissioners voted Monday night to approve a contract to replace the structure, which has been a fixture outside the municipal building for two decades. The …
Saturday, July 30, 2011
The Parks and Recreation Board is working on plans to update one of the most heavily used parks in Upper St. Clair.
The Upper St. Clair Parks and Recreation Board is working on plans to update the Municipal Park. Because the playground is close to the Upper St. Clair Library and baseball fields, it is one of the most heavily used parks in the township. Vice chairman of the board Jennifer Schuler and board member Kelly Bakayza have formed a committee to work on the project with the township's Forestry Administrator Gary Schafer. Bakayza said she would love to bring in playground equipment with a natural look. She also said she would like the equipment to be targeted at a larger age range. Right now the equipment is not made for children above eight years old. The challenge they're facing is the high cost of playground equipment. Additionally, the board …