Allegheny County CITF Grant Received
The Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County has awarded QVRA a $150,000 grant from the Community Infrastructure & Tourism Fund (CITF). The grant will support the completion of the water management of Phase 1 of the Legacy Fields at Bouchard Family Park. The project will include the installation of rain gardens and additional drainage on the site. Construction is expected to occur in the Spring of 2015
Erosion and Sediment Work Completed
For the past 2 years the Legacy Fields at Bouchard Family Park (LFBFP) have been home to the Quaker Valley High School (QVHS) baseball and softball teams. In addition, the WPIAL-compliant baseball field (Esmark Field) and WPIAL-compliant softball field (Heritage Valley Health Care Field) have been used for QVRA Colt, Pony, and Little League baseball and softball. While this represents significant progress, much work remains to be done at the site.
Construction on the ambitious LFBFP project started in 2009 and has been supported with generous and much appreciated donations from the community (over 300 families). The project has been affected by a number of unseen factors that have slowed the project down, chief among them were unexpected springs and off-site sources of water plus greater than normal rainfall in 2010 and 2011. To accommodate this extra water, the park’s storm water management plan required revisions that would improve the water management at the site and also better protect nearby streams. This past summer, critical erosion and sediment work was completed to control the sediment in the water flow at the park.
The work in the revised storm water management plan will continue with the installation of rain gardens in the coming months. A rain garden is a planted depression or a hole that allows rainwater runoff the opportunity to be absorbed. This reduces rain runoff by allowing storm water to soak into the ground (as opposed to flowing into storm drains and surface waters which causes erosion, water pollution, flooding, and diminished groundwater). Rain gardens are typically designed for specific soils and climates.
The main impact from the rain gardens is to reduce the amount of storm water leaving the site and improve water quality in nearby bodies of water. Rain gardens can cut down on the amount of pollution reaching creeks and streams by up to 30%. The site requires 5 new rain gardens, landscaped with indigenous trees and local plants. The rain gardens are expected to cost a total of $250,000; and QVRA will need the support of the community to fund the construction of these gardens, which will yield benefits to students, athletes, families, nature lovers and environmental preservationists. The rain gardens will also supply QVSD and people interested in nature with a field study site to learn about how native trees and plants play a role in preventing erosion and sediment run-off into local creeks, and, over time, as the trees and rain gardens mature, they will serve as a space where community members can visit to enjoy and learn about nature. Finally, the rain gardens will preserve the beauty and safety of the surrounding waterways for hikers, dog walkers and nature enthusiasts of all interests.
Updates on the QVRA Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of QVRA began a revitalization process in 2013. Greg Siuciak, President of Quaker Valley Softball & Baseball was added to the QVRA board early in the year. This past summer, Scott Francis was elected President of QVRA, Jean Bley was added to the Board as Soccer Representative, and Mark Hudson was added as Chairman of the Communication Committee.