Markosek: $375,000 awarded to Pitcairn, East Pittsburgh and East McKeesport for flooding, recreation projects

MONROEVILLE, April 21 – State Rep. Brandon Markosek, D-Allegheny, announced $375,000 in funding awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority for improvement projects in Pitcairn, East Pittsburgh and East McKeesport.

A grant from the Flood Mitigation Program was awarded to the following:

  • $300,000 to Allegheny County for the Turtle Creek Maintenance Project in Pitcairn Borough. The project will remove sediment and vegetation from Turtle Creek to improve protection from flooding.

The grants from the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program were awarded to the following:

  • $50,000 to East Pittsburgh Borough for the Trax Playground Project. The borough plans to convert the asphalt dek hockey court into a playground with swings and rubber safety surfacing, as well as repair fencing and renovate the existing horseshoe court.
  • $25,000 to East McKeesport Borough for Josephine Playground improvements, which include installing new playground equipment, a new section of fence, two drinking fountains, two benches, a trash receptacle and rubber scuff pads under the swing set.

“These projects bring new life to their communities,” Markosek said. “The Trax Playground area in East Pittsburgh had been abandoned for years; now it will be transformed into a place where children can play. The new equipment and repairs to Josephine Playground will make it a more enjoyable place for families to spend time.”

The Commonwealth Financing Authority is an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development focused on fostering economic growth.