Splash pad opens in Richland Community Park
Thursday, June 20, 2019 | 3:42 PM
Sunny, warm days have been few and far between the past few weeks in Pittsburgh, but on Wednesday, June 19 the weather cleared just long enough for Richland Township administrators to officially open the new splash pad at the community park.
“We were fortunate, the sun came out, we had a good turnout, the kids were there and they were ready,” township manager Dean Bastianini said.
The splash pad and adjacent new playground are located near the baseball fields. The splash pad will be open daily from 10 a.m. through 8:30 p.m. through Labor Day.
“Everything began and ended with the board of supervisors, and what we accomplished up there is because the board was willing to commit the funds,” Bastianini said. “Yes, we got a grant, but that was just a portion of the cost. (Board members) Ray (Kendrick) and Donna (Sullivan) took the lead on it and looked at facilities in other locations. They recognized that we don’t have a swimming pool, we don’t have a community center and they put something like this in the park where families and kids could all go. It was well received and I think we saw that (at the opening).”
Bastianini also praised the members of the public works department, who worked alongside the contractors beginning in February in all types of weather to finish the project at a high standard of workmanship.
Kendrick said the new splash pad and play area is something special.
“Yes, we looked at other splash pads but I think this one looks so much better,” he said. “It’s going to be used so much more and it’s going to bring in a lot of people.”
- Bastianini also said that the township received a letter confirming their approval for an Allegheny County Community Infrastructure and Tourism Fund grant in the amount of $100,000 to help with the renovation of the restrooms near the ballpark and the new play area and splash pad. The township will need to contribute $62,700 toward the work.
- Richland is one of 40 municipalities statewide to receive Automated Red Light Enforcement funding for safety projects. Richland’s grant will be in the amount of $164,000, which does not require a match, to update the township’s traffic signals including emergency vehicle preemptions, emergency generator panels and pedestrian push buttons.
- The board of supervisors voted to approve the plan for phase four of residential development at the former Pittsburgh Cut Flower site along Bakerstown Road.