Kinkead announces over $920K to renovate local infrastructure

Gaming funds to rehabilitate bridge, improve park

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 16 – Over $920,000 in state grants has been awarded to four local renovation projects, state Rep. Emily Kinkead, D-Allegheny, announced today.

“These investments will improve existing infrastructure and create opportunities for our residents,” Kinkead said. “State grants like these are competitive and I’ll continue fighting to bring tax dollars back to our community in my role as a state legislator.”

The awarded projects are:

  • $100,000 to the North Hills Council of Governments to renovate Powell Park, the largest and most frequently used park in West View Borough named in memory of the Honorable Mayor Richard E. Powell. The project includes new lighting and painting of the existing gazebo, new playground equipment, new fencing and gates around the playground, improvements and resurfacing of the basketball court, installation of a new pickleball and corn hole court, new park benches and picnic tables, and upgrades to the existing picnic tables.

  • $200,000 to Ross Township to replace the existing concrete culvert at the Nelson Run Road stream crossing. The project also includes road support walls, erosion and sedimentation controls, stormwater improvements, relocation of utilities, paving and further restoration.

  • $448,000 to the Pittsburgh Symphony to offset the cost of installing a gas boiler to provide a new heating solution for Heinz Hall.

  • $175,000 to the Pittsburgh Opera to support operational costs and core programming.

The grants were among a number funded by the Allegheny County Gaming Economic Development Tourism Fund, which is financed by gaming activity in the county. The fund is administered by the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County and the state Commonwealth Financing Authority.