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Skate Park Pitched For Scott Township

A Scott Township resident wants to build a multi-use skateboarding facility in Scott Park.

A Scott Township resident wants to build a multi-use skateboarding facility in Scott Park so it can become an attraction for youths of all ages in the South Hills.

Mary Pitcher told during their Tuesday night workshop meeting that they’re pitching the skate park to other South Hills communities, but Scott Park would be ideal.

“I’ve got to admit; Scott Park is absolutely beautiful,” she said.

Pitcher and Alexis Aggazio-Bach, who is helping with public relations on the project, presented details of the park so the commissioners could decide if they want it in the township. Mt. Lebanon and Carnegie officials have also expressed interest in building the $600,000 skate park, which would be fully funded through donations and fundraising.

“Anybody would be able to use this skate park no matter what your ability is, no matter what your age is,” Pitcher said.

Pitcher wants to build the skate park as a way to remember two of her sons after they drowned in July 2008 while at a reservoir in the Allegheny National Forest. The family originally lived in Dormont, but Pitcher has since relocated to Scott Township.

, but seemed intrigued by the idea while listening to the two women speak.

Aggazio-Bach said they’re trying to offer an amenity that isn’t available in any area communities. The skate park would be custom built using feedback from the community and area kids who will eventually use the park.

“This is going to be a flagship model for other communities to base theirs off of,” Aggazio-Bach said.

The biggest concern from the commissioners was how the project will be funded. Aggazio-Bach said they have a person offering to put up 85 percent of the project if they’re able to raise the remaining money through local fundraising and donations. Scott Township would not be expected to put forward any money, expect for routine maintenance that they estimated would cost $500 a year.

“We need the community … to instill that sense of ownership so they understand what they have,” Aggazio-Bach said.

The commissioners also wondered how the skaters police themselves. Pitcher said the skaters are surprisingly courteous about using similar facilities and cleaning up after themselves. Scott police Chief Jim Secreet added that he did not have any major concerns besides additional people coming to Scott Park.

The commissioners might have to decide by their next meeting on June 26 whether they want the Pitcher Skate Park Foundation to consider Scott Township for the facility. Pitcher said the winner would be decided through a “points system” and construction could begin as early next year, depending on fundraising.

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Jenn Rennie June 13, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Love the idea! So many kids use the small skate park at Mclaughlin I think they would love it and it would keep kids off of the street and give them somewhere to go!
Sherry June 13, 2012 at 03:37 PM
I love the idea too. Another pro for the project is it would double as a bmx park. My sons love going to skate parks to bmx. Unfortunately, they are all far for us to travel. Scott or Carnegie would be ideal. I hope it happens!! A lot of kids would get a lot of use from it and also it would keep them from doing it in other public places that they aren't allowed to do it.
Ray Senko June 13, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Mary Pitcher If south Hills don't want it North Hills will love to take it.
mary pitcher June 14, 2012 at 04:11 AM
Ray, If it were up to me, every community would have a skatepark or a skate plaza for the kids (and the adults who enjoy it :) At least the skaters would have a safe place to be!
Guest June 14, 2012 at 12:35 PM
I'm all in favor, It would be a safe place for skaters to freely do what they love without causing harm to other property or risk getting injured in a public place with passing vehicles
Cassie from CASSANDRA'S FLORALS June 15, 2012 at 01:04 AM
You go Girl..Build the Best & Biggest Park in the state & let Dormont see what they lost. You are doing something amazing and don't let anyone ever tell you differently. Anyone can see that this park will be a huge asset to their community and the benfits are endless. Vincient & Steve are looking down with huge smiles as they skate thru the clouds. Your angels are a true blessing. Don't forget what i've told you doing good comes back to you in spades & look at what you've done. i say go for the stars & never look back ;?
p.graham June 24, 2012 at 11:14 PM
what were the problems in Dormont?
celebsleaze July 07, 2012 at 03:58 AM
sounds good -- except the part about the corporate funding. celeb skaters like Tony Hawk and Rob Dyrdek are joined with corporations to build these things all over the country -- uh, corporations and skate-celebs do not have the public interest at heart and should be nowhere near developing public spaces. http://bit.ly/L766Jv

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