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Readshaw bill calls for referendum on creating parks revenue source


December 12, 2017

State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, has introduced H.B. 1962, which would permit a Pittsburgh voter referendum on authorizing a specific revenue source dedicated to establishing, maintaining and aiding the city’s public parks.

Rep. Readshaw, whose bill mirrors legislation introduced by state Sen. Jay Costa, D-Allegheny, in the upper chamber, said current funding sources are inadequate to support basic maintenance and repairs, much less capital improvements.

“Our parks are an important resource for science, technology, engineering and math – or STEM education – and recreation for our kids outside of school,” Rep. Readshaw said. “Without increased funding, our parks will struggle to provide the educational resources that have already served thousands of young people across our city. Our children deserve opportunities and safe places to explore and learn by connecting with nature.”

Mr. Readshaw said these parks in the 36th Legislative District would benefit should voters opt for a dedicated funding stream: Armstrong Park, Bon Air Park, Brookline Memorial Park, Cobden Street Park, Devlin Field, Leolyn Park, Monongahela Park, Moore Park, Ormsby Park, Phillips Park, South Side Riverfront Park and Volunteer Park.

Rep. Readshaw added Emerald View Park and McKinley Park, which are partially located in the district, would also benefit.


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