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Development proposal raises questions over future of local Eat’n Park location

Rangers Field green space

to remain for ‘next 99 years’

 

By Alex Topor

-McKees Rocks-

McKees Rocks Borough Council voted 4-2 on March 10 to approve a resolution that would ensure Rangers Field is kept a green space – shutting down any potential for a proposed community athletics center. 

During McKees Rocks’ Feb. 17 meeting, Sean Gibson, executive director of the Josh Gibson Foundation, presented to a packed council chamber about his non-profit group’s proposed plans for a multi-use community facility with a baseball component at the Rangers Field in the McKees Rock Bottoms neighborhood. 

The last minute cancellation of Gibson’s scheduled November presentation caused a strong community backlash which prompted council to hear his presentation in February and invite him to return with a more detailed presentation. 

Although the matter was not on the agenda March 10, council President Paul Krisby made a motion in the old business portion of the meeting to assure the property in question remains a green space.

The Seneca Nation of Indians has plans to consecrate a sacred place in the spring of 2020 at Rangers Field. 

According to explorepahistory.com, the largest Native American burial mound in western Pennsylvania was near Rangers Field. The mound was hand built by the Adena people between 200 BC and 100 AD and later used by the Hopewell and Monongahela people. 

The original mound was on top of a bluff behind Rangers Field and nothing remains of it. The remaining bodies were removed by university archaeologists in the late 1800s and placed in storage. The section of the bluff upon which the burial site sat was several hundred feet from Rangers Field and abutted the Ohio River. It was torn out to provide rock and gravel to raise the lower section of Chartiers Avenue in the early 20th century.

Since the resolution was not on the agenda, council legally had to allow time for public comment on the issue after each member of council gave their opinion. Councilwoman Elizabeth Delagado and Sarah Harvey voiced their opinions on the resolution.

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City bike plan shows improvements 

in store for Westside communities 

 

By Jamie Wiggan

Staff Writer

-BIKE(+) PLAN-

A new plan to improve bicycling infrastructure across Pittsburgh aims to join dots for cyclists navigating the uneasy terrain of the city’s westside neighborhoods.

Unveiled by Pittsburgh’s department of mobility and infrastructure, the “Bike(+) Plan” is a rough proposal for a citywide overhaul, built around resident input. As the name indicates, the plan extends beyond bicycles to provide for “pedal-assisted electric bicycles, motorized scooters and skateboards.” 

The department held a meeting at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Sheraden branch earlier this month to gather feedback from local residents.

“Every neighborhood I’ve found is unique — each will get its own targeted approach,” said Chris Young, transportation fellow at the department of mobility and infrastructure.

According to Young, the city’s western portion is particularly hampered by “a few pinch points that are really stopping people getting to where they need.”

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