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Heritage Hill Park Gets New Play Equipment

Holiday light contest plans announced in White Oak

By T.J. Martin
The Tube City Almanac
November 23, 2023
Posted in: White Oak News

Children in White Oak now have some new playground equipment they can use at Heritage Hill Park and, if all goes as planned, next spring, adults in the borough will have some new recreational opportunities as well.

At Monday’s meeting, Borough Engineer Kenneth Hillman told council that Snider Recreation Inc. has completed the installation of playground equipment as Phase One of the renovation of the park’s playground. Beneath the equipment for two- through five-year-olds, the company installed pour-in-place rubber and beneath the equipment for five- to 12-year-olds, it installed ground-up mulch, Hillman said.

The designs for a parking lot and a walking trail which are Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant and two pickleball courts are complete and ready to go out for bid, Hillman said. He said the pickleball courts will be adjacent to the playground in a space which now has a basketball court and racquetball court.

The board voted 5-0 with Councilmembers Julie Opferman and Louis Bender absent to approve “Pay Request #1” for $232,000 to Snider Recreation Inc. for the rehabilitation project.

After Hillman delivered his Engineer’s Report, Councilman George Pambacas, chairperson of the Public Works committee, told the board that Hillman is retiring and thus, this would be his last meeting as the borough engineer.

Hillman, of Senate Engineering Co., a division of LSSE, said he has served as White Oak’s borough engineer for five years.

In other action, the commissioners said the White Oak Borough Season of Lights festival will be Dec. 9 from 2 to 5 p.m. and will include a pancake and sausage dinner with Santa at the Rainbow Volunteer Fire Co. station at 2916 Jacks Run Road.

A holiday market will follow from 5 to 10 p.m. at Heritage Hill Park featuring vendors, hot chocolate, bonfires, horse-drawn carriage rides, a gingerbread house contest, storytellers and photos with Santa.

The lighting of the borough’s holiday tree will be held at 6 p.m. at the park, borough officials said.

T.J. Martin is a freelance writer from Trafford whose work has also appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Irwin Standard Observer.

Originally published November 23, 2023.

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