What a difference a year makes.
The George J. Sacco Park in O’Hara, which was nothing more than a vacant lot a year ago, now has a playground, basketball court and gazebo.
And the work’s not done. O’Hara council approved $50,000 for additional upgrades that will be done this summer.
Work will include a paint job for the asphalt court, which is used for roller hockey and basketball.
“We’re going to do a nice red, white and blue for the court coating,” said Township Manager Julie Jakubec. “It’ll mix nicely with the playground equipment.”
The play area is filled with bright red fire trucks and a blue rocket climber.
About $27,000 is slated for a restroom and water fountain, but that work is contingent on council’s ability to piggyback the project onto another contract.
“If we can get it done, it’ll be just like (Ray Schafer Park) in Montrose Hill, but with a water fountain,” Jakubec said.
A walking trail would top off the project, but that leg still is in the planning stage.
Members of the parks committee plan to meet this month to discuss their plans, which could include a trail along the perimeter of the park. If approved, the township’s road crew would install the trails, Jakubec said.
More than 100 homeowners last year helped shape the plans.
At that time, it was agreed that the land should not be made into a dedicated baseball field, but that the existing informal field could remain as a spot to toss a Frisbee or football or play a pickup game of baseball.
Residents told council they wanted a multi-use asphalt court and a tot lot, and that they wanted the park to appeal to both young and older residents. In 2009, council spent $32,000 on the playground area and $7,000 on the pavilion.