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Winfield park plans take major step ahead

Winfield’s recreational park — a project more than a decade in the making — slowly is taking shape.

Two $40,000 state grants are helping fund the work. The first grant paid for a pavilion, roadway, sign and parking spaces. Supervisors want to use the second grant, announced at last week’s meeting, to build as area with playground equipment.

“They really want you to be buying things that are community use,” Supervisor Michael Robb said about the grants.

The park comprises about 65 acres behind the municipal building.

The area will receive about 150 trees donated from Westinghouse. When Westinghouse built its new headquarters in Cranberry, the company cleared out trees and pledged to donate them in the county as restoration, Robb said. Some of those trees will go to Winfield’s park.

Future goals include walking trails, and a possible connector with the Butler-Freeport trail. That trail is less than one mile from the municipal building and park.

“It would be nice to have something that we could connect to the Rails-to-Trails,” Robb said.

A ballfield or pond for fishing also are being discussed.

The park is growing through measured development and is not using any taxpayer money, Robb said. Within three to five years, he wants to see it fully functioning as a community facility.

The pavilion now is available for rent.

Until recently, the park existed only in a painting hanging on a wall in the township’s municipal building, Robb said.

“I don’t know how long that thing’s been hanging here,” he said.

Robb said the painting has caused him to adopt the park project and to see it through to completion, although the actual park may not mirror the painting.

“I’m really glad to see that the park is finally starting to get some momentum,” Robb said.

Staff writer Rossilynne Skena contributed to this story.


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