Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today cut the ribbon at the city's newest synthetic track and field complex available for public use: the Schenley Oval Sportsplex.
The $1.2 million facility in Schenley Park features a 400-meter all-weather track with state-of-the-art rubberized surface, two long-jump pits and a sports turf soccer field and high jump area within the running track.
"The new track is a great addition to our park system and is a state-of-the-art recreation amenity for the public," said Mayor Ravenstahl. "This new track and soccer field is a perfect example of our strategy to revitalize our neighborhoods through public/private partnerships. It provides people of all ages with new recreational opportunities in one of our most beautiful regional parks."
According to Citiparks Director Duane Ashley, Track associations and soccer leagues are eager to begin using this state-of-the-art resource made possible by a very successful partnership between the public and private sectors.
The City of Pittsburgh partnered with Allegheny Regional Asset District, Pittsburgh Public Schools, State Department of Community and Economic Development, and Pittsburgh Dynamo Youth Soccer Association.
"RAD is pleased to serve as the major funder of the Schenley Oval project. Indeed, at over $21 million this year, RAD is the single largest public funder of park operations in Allegheny County," said RAD Executive Director David L. Donahoe. "Every day, you can walk, run, skate or ride in more than 14,000 acres of parks and trails that are being maintained and renovated through your RAD dollars. We hope you share our pride in the quality of our parks and in exciting new projects like this Oval." Pittsburgh has 32 parks, eight designated as historic locations. City residents contribute to the RAD fund by paying an additional 1% on the states 6% sales tax.
The dedication of the track and field facility marked the completion of the first of three phases of construction at the Schenley Oval Sportplex. Within weeks, work will begin to install lighting, security cameras and sound equipment. The final phase, scheduled for 2008/9, will include the addition of a plaza area with concession stand.
Monday, April 16, 2007
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