Manager's Message

John M. Barrett
Township Manager


Feb 09

Public encouraged to attend board meetings at new municipal center

Posted on February 9, 2024 at 2:35 PM by Andrea Iglar

The appeal of local government to me is its proximity to people.

Public services delivered at the local level have a greater influence on the personal lives of residents than at the state or federal level.

As a resident of South Fayette Township, you have convenient access to your local government, and I encourage you to participate in public discussion on matters facing our community.

This winter, we draw attention to the swearing-in of four newly elected township commissioners and also highlight the completion of the South Fayette Township Municipal Center, including the police station, administrative offices and public meeting chambers.

The combination of a new facility and fresh ideas from elected officials creates a wonderful opportunity to engage with local government and see it in action.

The Board of Commissioners holds business meetings the second Wednesday of every month, and the public is always welcome to attend and participate. In addition, we host monthly meetings of the Parks and Recreation Board, Planning Commission and Zoning Hearing Board.

You have an open invitation to attend our public meetings and have a look around our new facility.

I hope to see you soon.

Nov 07

Land conservation protects watershed and woodlands

Posted on November 7, 2023 at 8:34 AM by Andrea Iglar

Autumn is my favorite time of year, and it has nothing to do with football season.

Western Pennsylvania truly shines in the fall, especially when a golden sun amplifies the red, orange and yellow of changing leaves against a blue sky.

This fall, as we count our blessings and express our thanks to neighbors, friends and family, let’s also appreciate the natural environment and vibrant landscape of the community.

The nonprofit Allegheny Land Trust is making an effort to protect area woodlands and the local watershed. The Panhandle Greenway Conservation Project aims to conserve 141 acres of land near the Panhandle Trail in South Fayette that will connect to various other conserved lands, such as Preservation Park, Boys Home Park and the Boys Home Farm Preserve.

We are proud to support this and similar projects to preserve natural spaces in the township.

Recently I took a walk along the Panhandle Trail and was struck by the vivid tapestry of nature. Whether you stroll on the path around Preservation Park, take a bike ride on the trail or walk your dog in Bark Park at Fairview Park, I encourage you to get outside and enjoy the beauty of the season as well.

While we're at it, let's enjoy some football, too.

Jun 20

Parks and Recreation benefits the community

Posted on June 20, 2023 at 2:28 PM by Andrea Iglar

Dog owners and their furry friends are jumping for joy that our Bark Park is open at Fairview Park.

The wooded, fenced off-leash dog park is the latest feature that South Fayette Township has added to our parks for the public to enjoy. You can find details in the summer issue of South Fayette Connect.

The township values the positive impact of parks and recreation. We have prioritized investment in athletic fields and park amenities to encourage active, healthy lifestyles for children and adults.

Our Bark Park, fields, courts, playgrounds, pavilions and other outdoor public spaces serve as opportunities for friends to gather, families to celebrate and community spirit to blossom. South Fayette Township Parks and Recreation is offering an all-star lineup of community events, camps and programs this season to help you enjoy the outdoors.

For starters, a free movie at Fairview Park will be screened one Friday night each month. Bring chairs, blankets and snacks to enjoy a family movie under the stars.

Enjoy our annual Fourth of July fireworks from Fairview Park, neighboring Boyce Mayview Park or your favorite community viewing location.

Touch-a-Truck on Sun. July 16 at Fairview Park features the world’s only fan-built replica of Optimus Prime, a truck from the Transformers franchise.

South Fayette Community Day on Sat. Aug. 26 at Fairview Park provides a day of outdoor fun for everyone, just as kids are returning to school. And in October, check out the Evelsizer 5K Run and Walk.

The township also is offering a creative array of camps and recreation programs for all ages (p. 35). Plus, Summer Playground Camp for kids ages 5 to 12 is held every weekday through Aug. 11 in our parks.

I hope everyone finds time this summer to put down the remote control and enjoy the outdoors, including the wonderful parks and public spaces in South Fayette Township.