John M. Barrett

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John M. Barrett
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Nov 05

Parks key to good quality of life

Posted on November 5, 2019 at 8:46 AM by Andrea Iglar

Fairview Park in South Fayette Township is a tremendous community asset worth exploring.

Just as water, sewer and public safety are considered essential public services, parks are vitally important to establishing and maintaining a good quality of life, ensuring the health of families and youth, and contributing to the economic and environmental well-being of a community and a region.

And like other essential services, physical improvements to the township network of parks must be properly planned and accounted for to be effective.

Recently, the township developed a Comprehensive Recreation Plan that looks at each park and proposes a series of improvements to make our facilities even more robust and appealing to residents.

The plan is the result of a team effort, with guidance not only from design professionals but also from a steering committee of residents, volunteers from the Parks and Recreation Board and hundreds of citizens who provided feedback throughout the planning process.

Ultimately, the result is a well-conceived plan that will guide park improvements for the foreseeable future. Staff now can begin developing a strategy to put the plan into action. The township will seek funding through grants and other partnerships, with the aim of using as little tax money as possible.

For Fairview Park, the plan includes a splash park, additional baseball and multipurpose fields, a wooded, fenced dog park and a network of walking trails that will greatly enhance the park.

Residents can view the entire plan, including illustrations and cost estimates, at www.southfayettepa.com/parksplan.

The South Fayette Township Parks and Recreation Department is uniquely situated to provide crucial benefits to our citizens. Our parks are public commons that serve as the glue that brings and holds the community together.

Please continue to recognize and support our department’s effort to improve the human condition and make South Fayette a great place to live, work and play.

Sincerely,
John M. Barrett
South Fayette Township Manager

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