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Skatepark Proposed for Scott Park

A Scott resident wants a skatepark to be built in the township or other South Hills communities.

Could a skatepark be coming to Scott Park?

A Scott resident, who tried to have a skatepark in Dormont only for it to be rejected there, is now pushing for it to be built in the township or other South Hills communities.

But the township commissioners are uncertain about the funding plan and want to know a lot more about the concept before even discussing it.

The township was approached recently by Mary Pitcher, who wants to build the skatepark 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 relocated to Scott Township.

Dormont Park appeared to be the prime location for the skatepark, but the council there rejected it earlier this year. That forced Pitcher to consider other options and sent the idea to other communities, including Scott Township.

The biggest concern from during their Tuesday night workshop meeting was the cost of the project. Some estimates put the price tag at $600,000, and there were more questions about whether the township would have to put up any money to build it.

“They’ve done all this fundraising, so where is all the money?” Board President Tom Castello asked during the meeting.

Township Manager Denise Fitzgerald said she needs to know whether they are interested in meeting with the people pushing for the skatepark, which would be open to skateboarders and BMX bikers. She said a meeting with the organizers would bring more answers for the commissioners.

“If there is an interest, I would move forward … to work out the details,” Fitzgerald said.

Fitzgerald said the township already has insurance for the skatepark, which could be placed at the bottom of Scott Park near the basketball courts. The commissioners said they doubt they’ll make a decision on the skatepark at their voting meeting on May 22.

Several other communities in the South Hills, including Mt. Lebanon, are also candidates for the skatepark.

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Sherry May 09, 2012 at 03:56 PM
How about putting together some fund raisers. I bet if the word gets to the youth out there about this...they would contribute to fund raising somehow. I know mine will.
Mike Jones May 09, 2012 at 04:03 PM
I spoke to Mary Pitcher this morning and she's confident the skatepark would be 100% funded without any taxpayer dollars. The only question seems to be which community wants it the most.
mary pitcher May 09, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Sherry, That is wonderful to hear you say! Actually, it is very important to get the children and parents involved in fundraising because the children will take "ownership" and become a part of the process of building the skatepark. They then become "proud" of their efforts, take care of their "work" and are proud of their accomplisments! The children/young adults/ and believe it or not adults who will use the facitliy have a chance to give their input on the design...with the designer/builders ....after all they are the ones who will be using it for years to come! We are looking for a community in the South Hills that would embrace this large donation of a state of the art facility as it will be a flag ship model for other communities in the area as well. This multi-use facility (skateboarding, bike riding and rollerblading) will be a professionally designed skatepark (California style :) over seen by donations through the Tony Hawk Foundation. We have been given the honor of looking for that special community by a private donor willing to donate 85% of the cost of a possible (depending on the unique design for the spot) "600,000 dollar" skatepark.. This is the chance of a lifetime for any community ! Spread the word Sherry You can contact us on www.pitcherpark.com or pitchersk8park@yahoo.com for further info.
Kylie May 10, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Good Luck! I know youve beenworking really hard to get one built for stephen and vincent, I will contiune you to help the best i can

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