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How to Improve North Park? Several Goals Identified, What Do You Think?

Some of the improvements could be made as soon as next year.

A new master plan for improving North Park includes a $2.9 million upgrade to the Ingomar Road portion of the trail around North Park Lake, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports.  

It would create a wider shoulder with room for a 6- to 8-foot bike lane and a separate 8- to 10-foot pedestrian path between Babcock Boulevard and Kummer Road.

Landscape architect Ron Schipani, capital projects and program manager for the Allegheny County Parks Foundation, told an audience of about 50 people at a Jan. 23 public meeting in the Rose Barn that those safety improvements could be made as early as next year.

The PG reported that Schipani, who worked on the park's trail feasibility study in 1990, outlined several goals for the park:

  • Improvements to lake trail safety
  • Transformation of roads into parkways
  • Landscape preservation
  • An improved entrance
  • Enhancements to the boathouse area 
  • Creation of a central park.

One big change to the boathouse is coming this spring with the opening of the Over the Bar Bicycle Cafe . 

Allegheny County council is also considering a proposal to  and the tennis courts. 

Suzanne Broughton, 76, of Franklin Park, a longtime parks advocate, said county officials face a challenge in keeping all park users happy.

"This was a very interesting meeting," she told the Post Gazette , acknowledging that park users come from different walks of life. "There are the nature lovers who prefer to walk the deer trails up on the hill, while the lake walkers seem to be more interested in fitness. The people who show up at these meetings are really interested in making the park a better place."

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Debra February 06, 2013 at 03:41 AM
I am a very long time user at the park. I have been in the park every day since I was 14. I road horses and took out trail rides. skiied, walked, hiked skated on marshall iland before the skating rink was built, train for triathlons and I lived next to the park. Its a wonderful park. I would love to see some improvements to make it safer. Before they add zipp lines and try to make it an amusement park. Lets take care of what we have in nature. We really don't need to attract more people to the park. Its very busy now. We do need more police that will do their job and slow the traffic and enforce the county workers to do their jobs and be happy they have a good job in a beautiful park. The people that run our parks should come out and spend time in the park on a busy day taking a walk. They will never understand what goes on if they drive around during the week in the AM. Its peaceful at that time. What ever improvements you make to the roads it will always be dangerous if the police won't do their jobs. Please keep our park a safe place.

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