Sharpsburg awarded $125,000 grant for Kennedy Park

Project includes parking/pedestrian infrastructure, play equipment, other improvements

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 25 – Sharpsburg Borough has been awarded a $125,000 state grant to assist with a rehabilitation project at Kennedy Park, state Rep. Sara Innamorato, D-Allegheny, announced today.

The project includes construction of parking and pedestrian infrastructure, new play equipment, landscaping and other improvements.

“I was thrilled to hear that Sharpsburg was selected to receive this state grant and happy to support this project,” Innamorato said. “During this pandemic, so many of us have turned to our parks and outdoor areas as safe places for recreation and relaxation, showing just how vital they are to our neighborhoods. Investments like this will help ensure those spaces remain accessible and in good condition, not just for today, but for tomorrow as well.”

“The grant, coupled with an anonymous donation of $125,000, will help the borough make much-needed improvements to our parks and upgrade our playground equipment for all to enjoy,” Sharpsburg Mayor Matthew Rudzki said. “With residents and visitors spending more time outdoors and our parks getting extra use, it is vital to invest in our parks and play areas to make them healthier, safer and more accessible.”

“Sharpsburg Borough is very excited over the news of receiving a $125,000 grant award from DCNR to update our community playgrounds at Kennedy Park and the 16th Street Children’s Park,” Sharpsburg Borough Manager William Rossey said. “These improvements will allow us to install new playground equipment, improve ADA accessibility to the recreation areas and most importantly provide a safe environment to everyone who comes to our parks.”

The grant was funded through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Community Parks and Recreation Grants Program.