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County and White Oak officials on Thursday cut the ribbon for a new wedding garden shelter in White Oak Park.
Located just off McClintock Road in the western half of the park, the $60,000 facility replaces an older flower trellis that was not accessible for people in wheelchairs, and which did not provide protection from bad weather.
All of the preparation work on the site --- including regrading the land, pouring the concrete and doing the landscaping --- was done in-house by county personnel, a spokesperson said. The shelter itself was installed by Jeffrey and Associates.
Construction began in August of this year.
The new venue, a 16-foot-by-16-foot steel shelter, has benches along the sides and several more have been located in the surrounding area. New gardens were planted and the site will also have electrical outlets.
“I’m very proud of the work and effort that we have put into our parks system over the past few years,” Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said. “Our parks are second to none and the continued investment that has been made, with the support of County Council, only improves the quality of life that we can offer in our region.”
County Councilmember Bob Macey, whose district includes White Oak Park, said he was "very pleased" with the results and grateful to the county's Parks Department for making it happen.
“This is a great venue for those who want to get married with an outdoor scenic backdrop, or to have after-wedding pictures in the same,” he said.
Rentals of the new shelter and other facilities in White Oak Park can be made online at www.alleghenycounty.us/parkrentals.
(Photos and story submitted by Allegheny County)
Originally published October 27, 2017.