Fitzgerald Announces County Awarded Grant for Sports & Athletics Complex

 PITTSBURGH – Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced today that Allegheny County has received a $300,000 grant from the Community Conservation Partnerships Program (C2P2) for the Sports and Athletics Complex at Montour Junction.  The program, administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), provides funding to provide quality park, recreation and conservation opportunities.

“This is great news for Allegheny County and the communities in the west corridor. This funding will be used towards the purchase and installation of a synthetic turf field for soccer, an extension to the Montour Trail and various landscaping at the site,” said County Executive Fitzgerald.  “The grant is one of the larger amounts awarded, and we are proud that such a significant investment is going to be made in the county.  The Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County has really taken the lead on this and has been committed to finding the funds to continue moving this project forward.  The C2P2 application and grant is just one example of that advocacy and drive.”

The Sports and Athletics Complex at Montour Junction is a 78-acre parcel of land located in the Borough of Coraopolis, Moon Township and Robinson Township.  A former brownfield site, the complex development will include several grass and synthetic turf fields for non-traditional sporting uses such as soccer, rugby and lacrosse for school-aged children.  The Sports Legacy Foundation donated the land in 2008.  The Redevelopment Authority has been working with its consultants on the development of the facility.

“This grant really offers Allegheny County a unique opportunity to provide additional recreational facilities and park amenities in that area of the county.  The head of the Montour Trail is just a mile away and Montour Run, a stocked trout stream, bisects the property too,” said Fitzgerald.  “The opportunities are really endless here and this funding allows us to move forward with a significant part of the development now.”

DCNR is the primary source of state support for Pennsylvania recreation, parks and conservation initiatives.  Grant funding from the Department assists hundreds of communities and organizations across Pennsylvania to plan, acquire and develop recreation and park facilities, create trails and conserve open space.  The grant award is a recognition of outstanding recreation and conservation work of this project.

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