MOUNT VERNON — Current work at Ariel-Foundation Park involves more destruction than construction, but a number of elements will take shape as summer stretches into fall at the 175-acre site.
The ambitious project has been dominated this summer by demolition on 59 acres once occupied by PPG sheet glass makers. Nearly a million square feet of industrial space is being reduced to just a few buildings that will remain along with a number of sculptural features. As that process continues, there is also progress on other aspects of the park.
“We’ll see quite a few developments by the time the snow flies,” says Ted Schnormeier, who supervises the park’s reinvention for the Ariel-Foundation Park Conservancy.
During the remainder of 2013, seven picnic pavilions will be built around the park’s lakes. A landscaping facelift of the Pittsburgh Avenue approach to the park will continue. Repair and placement of the 19th century bowstring truss bridge that once spanned Wakatomika Creek in Jackson Township will be carried out. And many trees, ranging from saplings to others as large as six inches in diameter, will be planted.
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