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Oakmont Council Notebook: Park Hours, Parking & More

Officials discussed Riverside Park hours, parking on the boulevard and more last week.

Here's a look at items discussed at Oakmont Council's workshop meeting last week. The regular voting meeting will be held tonight, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. at the borough building.

Riverside Park Hours

The Oakmont Recreation Board recommended to council that the gates to Riverside Park remain open at all times to accommodate joggers at all hours.

Currently, the park is open from dawn until dusk. Councilwoman Laurie Saxon said rec board members suggested the change to accommodate people who can't make it to the park during the light hours.

Mayor Robert Fescemyer said that would create a problem for police officers.

"We write a lot of citations in that park at night," he said.

Councilwoman Nancy Ride agreed.

"There would be no way to make kids move on if they're in there at midnight," she said.

Officials suggested that rec board members request a specific time frame before agreeing on a change.

Rivers Edge

Officials reported that Brooks and Blair Homes, developer of the Rivers Edge of Oakmont housing development, expect to break ground in the spring. The 28-acre site is located near the Edgewater at Oakmont housing development. It is expected to include 168 single-family homes, condos, townhouses, a restaurant, recreation space and a boat dock.

Boulevard Parking

A 60-day trial increasing the parking limit on the Oakmont business district is under way.

Those who park on Allegheny River Boulevard can do so for three hours, as opposed to two.

Officials said at this time, they have received some mixed reviews from business owners about the change. The trial ends Jan. 27.

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