September 26, 2008

Maple Park makeover a team effort

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Sept. 25, 2008

A park once covered with graffiti will get a new life.

The Ross Department of Parks and Recreation is looking for volunteers to take part in a "community build" at Maple Park next month to construct a play area. Located on the outskirts of the township just north of Bellevue, Maple Park has been renovated and rebuilt in recent years.

"It was in pretty bad shape with a lot of graffiti and garbage," said Pete Geis, director of Parks and Recreation. "Dave (Mikec) got a cleanup crew of about 20 local residents together and they cleaned up the park. They were really interested in what happened to it."

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The township received a $10,000 grant from the private nonprofit group KaBOOM, which is offered specifically for community playspaces and requires a volunteer aspect to the community build, Geis said. [More]

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