The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review featured Allegheny County’s Deer Lakes Park, which is receiving $2.2 million in park improvements at no expense of taxpayer dollars – with future improvements to come.

Allegheny County signed a lease with Range Resources in 2014 to allow the development of Deer Lakes Park from adjacent well locations.
The park improvements have been solely funded by responsible shale gas development or as the paper indicated “from fracking.” Range Resources has already paid Allegheny County $4.7 million for the lease at the county park, $3 million to a Parks Improvement Fund and more than $503,000 in royalties. 

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald was quoted: 

“No taxpayer dollars are going into this,” he said. “It’s never happened before. I don’t think there’s ever been an investment this big, certainly not in the last few years, in any park. For this park to get that much…This is really going to be — already — going to be fantastic.”

The Park Improvement Fund will also benefit other county park projects, including the Wagman Observatory. Although, Joel Perkovich, a landscape architect with the county Parks Department, called the new playground the “crown jewel” of the improvements.

Ongoing monitoring has indicated this development has been protective or local air quality, health and water, according to data with the Allegheny County Health Department.

For other success stories see Range’s partnership with Cross Creek Park in Washington County.

Read the full Tribune-review article here