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2007- Onorato Announces Funding for Natrona Recreational Facility

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Onorato Announces Funding for Natrona Recreational Facility

(July 13, 2007)

Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato, Harrison Township officials and Natrona Comes Together today announced funding for the Natrona Neighborhood Recreational Facility. The Chief Executive presented a check for $201,000 in Community Development Block Grant funding to help with the installation.

“This began as a plan to improve a playground and has transformed into a full-scale recreational facility that will be a gathering place for the entire community to enjoy,” said Onorato. “The success of this project is a strong indicator of the importance of a solid partnership between Allegheny County, the Commonwealth and Harrison Township community, and it truly demonstrates the County’s continuing commitment to this area.”

The $201,000 grant will pay for the installation of new playground equipment, restoration of the current basketball court, new walking track, art walk, history wall and bandstand. Natrona Comes Together raised more than $27,500 in local funding, and State Senator Jim Ferlo helped to secure $170,000 in funding from the Commonwealth.

“Natrona embraced this initiative, showcasing their creativity and determination that exceeded even my high expectations,” said Ferlo. “This will be Natrona’s town square where young and old alike will congregate, play, socialize, and reinforce their unique community bond in a wonderfully green public space. In recognition of County Executive Dan Onorato’s leadership, the Natrona community affirmed his partnership and made a tremendous investment of artistic talent, time and resources to put forward a sustainable vision for the benefit of the residents who will now have a park to rival any in the region.”

“We believe this multi-purpose facility will help to positively channel our youth’s energy through athletics and encourage creative expression through art,” said Bill Godfrey of Natrona Comes Together. “We envision a park where individuals can create lasting art and return years later to see the mark they made on our community. It will create a lasting, living history and encourage ownership and pride.”

Construction is scheduled to begin in spring 2008.

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