Sewickley Community Center among recipients of state grants

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Friday, November 29, 2019 | 6:01 AM

Grants totaling $250,000 for improvements in the municipalities of Sewickley Borough and Ohio, Crescent and Moon townships were recently approved by the Department of Community and Economic Development.

“These municipalities have fought hard for this funding, which will go towards critical improvements and necessary renovations,” said state Rep. Valerie Gaydos. “I am proud to have secured this capital for them, and I am grateful to the department for its support.”

The Sewickley Community Center was awarded a $75,000 grant toward improvements to the roofing and gutter systems, and for the expansion of an existing parking lot to accommodate day care traffic.

“I was excited when I got the initial call from Rep. Gaydos, asking if we needed help,” Bob Patterson, president of the Sewickley Community Center, said. “And she was true to her word. She came through for us and the community at a critical time and for that we are very grateful.”

The Ohio Township Parks and Recreation Department was awarded a $24,000 grant for additions to the community park playground. Additions will feature inclusive, ADA-­certified playground equipment aimed at providing a safe and accessible play environment for children with physical handicaps.

The Crescent Township Volunteer Fire Department was awarded a $76,000 grant to finance renovations including the replacement of the station roof due to age and deterioration. Existing ceiling tiles and concrete pads will also be replaced for the safety of firefighters and the public.

In Moon Township, the Valley Ambulance Authority was awarded a $75,000 grant for the milling and paving of the parking lot and access roads. The parking lot is used by Valley employees while on-duty and in training. The parking areas are also used on a regular basis by local police and fire department personnel and the public.