Cardinal Park access ramp for canoes, kayaks considered

Apr 4, 2012 Full story: PittsburghLive.com 43

Joe Napsha is a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review staff writer and can be reached at 724-836-5252 or via e-mail. At the place where the Latrobe Cardinals baseball team once launched home runs into Loyalhanna Creek, the Latrobe-Unity Parks and Recreation Commission wants to create a ramp where boaters can launch small watercraft into the creek that cuts ... (more)

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Pixarfreak

Galion, OH

#2 Apr 6, 2012
Seriously. Any area that rec utilizes is a mess or can be after some rain.
mulke

Pittsburgh, PA

#3 Apr 6, 2012
next they will be selling boat launching permits

Since: Feb 11

Venetia, PA

#4 Apr 6, 2012
obviously those who rated my post as such have never had a kid play soccer at the athletic field or over by the stadium-either side or cardinal park or at the unity township field. the grounds suck! they become water logged mudpits and then the grass is overgrown because if they run a tractor through ruts will occur. soccer balls do not move well in that type of terrain. nor do bodies. it is difficult to lift a leg when your shoe is stuck in the mud. there is a section between the fields and the dek hockey area that is so water logged a child could drown in it!

a boat launch? ridiculous! and you can bite me!

Since: Jan 10

Location hidden

#5 Apr 6, 2012
I was just up there,and the walking path is gravel and you twist your ankles.I had to walk along side the path in the lumpy grass part.Are they going to pave it and when? They had the grand opening!
Cansas

Irwin, PA

#6 Apr 15, 2012
I heard that the boat launch will be completed in time for the Miss 4th July Pageant, and the contestants are going to raft in sucession past the inviting aroma of July's finest vanilla turds from the sewage treatment plant. Paints a pretty picture doesn't it?

Since: Jan 10

Location hidden

#7 Apr 15, 2012
Got e-mail from parks and rec ,and they are not paving walking path.Just some kind of rolling on it??
pigman

Latrobe, PA

#8 Apr 18, 2012
admiral Ashley can launch her dingy!!
WaterLogged

Acme, PA

#9 Apr 18, 2012
mulke wrote:
next they will be selling boat launching permits
This!
boomboom

Latrobe, PA

#10 Apr 19, 2012
pigman wrote:
admiral Ashley can launch her dingy!!
Not so sure about the dingy. I think she's more into SCUBA.
yo mama

Greensburg, PA

#11 Apr 19, 2012
Hmmm...Latrobe/Unity current athletic facilities are not maintained, yet new facilities are planned?

Ladies and gentlemen: who is the slumlord/realtor buying all the property in the northside, who will benefit from the increase in property values that this park expansion will -- supposedly -- provide?

Isn't this water park -- smack dab -- in the middle of the toxic run-off from the Loyalhanna Creek that eventually deposits itself at the peculation ponds at St. Vincent?

And, why is the boat park going to be built within "wind" distance of the sewage treatment plant, that already doesn't provide proper treatment of water to the town?

Why doesn't Fifth Ward have at least a little playground -- given that at least 25% of Latrobe's population live in Fifth Ward?

Why does Fifth Ward continually get the shaft, and the northside is getting a boat park?

-----Latrobe readers, it's time to see who own property around that area, who's buying property, and who's philanthropy is living in la la land doling out money for a part of Latrobe that has other needs, like fresh air all summer long, relief from raw sewage smell, improved property care and maintenance by existing owners.

-----There's a local slumlord, realtor behind this.
yo mama

Greensburg, PA

#12 Apr 19, 2012
Bubsalette wrote:
Got e-mail from parks and rec ,and they are not paving walking path.Just some kind of rolling on it??
Why not finish the walking path that stops at Avenue A -- which was designed to go all the way to Kingston Dam. This is a great and worthy project, yet, again, Fifth Ward gets the shaft for development of even the remained of the walking path?
pigman

Latrobe, PA

#13 Apr 20, 2012
thought the dog shed people put an end to it. When will the first Latrobe Regatta be held ? and will Carol Greenawlt be in charge?
Gary

Greensburg, PA

#14 Apr 20, 2012
Carol Greenwalt did say that she would gladly organize any events at the boat launch as long as she does not have to disclose any financial statements. And Gary can wear his tanktop
Scott

Pittsburgh, PA

#16 Apr 22, 2012
Here's my $0.50 worth of the whole deal. You don't need a boat launch at that park. Two others already on the creek that was put in for emergency's at the creek. One by Memorial Statium and the other at the end of Washington Street. Now it was a good gesture to the residents of 1st ward for another park. But who ever approved this shouldn't have too much more say in anything in Latrobe. The thinking of this is way off the map. Who puts a public park across from a sewage plant that has many problems controling the stench? Not a very thoughtful or resposible person who has our best interest. As far as the "Slum Lords buying up property and some say whom these people are. Well you and I both have the right to know. All you have to due is go to the city tax office and ask who owns the property. This is public information they must release to you. At any time you can check to see if the taxes are paid. Also you can go to "Westmoreland County Public Acess" ( http://westmorelandweb400.us :8088/EGSPublicAccess.htm) & http://www.co.westmoreland.pa.us/westmoreland... website and check thru the tax part and if you know the name it will tell you all the tax information.
floater

Latrobe, PA

#17 May 4, 2012
heard the city just picked up an old WW2 Pt boat so they can patrol the creek
Scott

West Mifflin, PA

#18 May 5, 2012
Scott wrote:
Here's my $0.50 worth of the whole deal. You don't need a boat launch at that park. Two others already on the creek that was put in for emergency's at the creek. One by Memorial Statium and the other at the end of Washington Street. Now it was a good gesture to the residents of 1st ward for another park. But who ever approved this shouldn't have too much more say in anything in Latrobe. The thinking of this is way off the map. Who puts a public park across from a sewage plant that has many problems controling the stench? Not a very thoughtful or resposible person who has our best interest. As far as the "Slum Lords buying up property and some say whom these people are. Well you and I both have the right to know. All you have to due is go to the city tax office and ask who owns the property. This is public information they must release to you. At any time you can check to see if the taxes are paid. Also you can go to "Westmoreland County Public Acess" ( http://westmorelandweb400.us :8088/EGSPublicAccess.htm) & http://www.co.westmoreland.pa.us/westmoreland... website and check thru the tax part and if you know the name it will tell you all the tax information.
Here is a better way and free for anyone wanting to know whom owns any property not only in Latrobe but the whole county.
Copy and paste if it doesn't high lite. Once you zoom in to it will show you the map with street,roads and lot numbers.Click "IDENTIFY " in upper left corner and once you get zoomed into a certain lot click on it and it will bring up the owner and tax info.
http://www.wcgis.us/gis/
floater

Latrobe, PA

#19 May 6, 2012
its easier to build a boat ramp than to help out local small busineses.
Scott

West Mifflin, PA

#20 May 8, 2012
As far as a boat launch area they say there's none in Latrobe. There's two that was put in by the Army Corps of Engineers when the creek was revamped years ago. One comes to mind along the walking path next to the stadium across from old LaNatures building and the other at the end of Washington Street in first ward. Those were to be used for any type of rescue by emergency groups. Without spending money on building some high profile launch site get the Army Corps of Engineers permission to launch from those two sites. Go to any other place in a scenic area of Pennsylvania or other states and you don't need anything nice to drop on in.. Even at the Kingston Dam one could park along Ligonier Steet Extension at Route 217 and walk across Route 30 to the Loyalhanna Creek and launch. If you wanted to get out at the bridge at Longs road there's already a canoe / kayak launch area.
Shall we take a virtue tour of our minds on a float trip from Kingston Dam to the Brown Submarine Base (sewage plant) across from cardinal park.
Get in at Kingston Dam and try to have your mind set to a scenic float. Can't wait!! First as we float along between Route 30 on either side of us down to Sheldon's Rock we break the ties of the most scenic noises and sights of the concrete highway. Then we get some great views of neighbors back yards that's say not be to nice. Wait there's an old Cub Cadet lawn mower. Wow! Haven't seen that one model in many years! Then coming into view is the lands and building of Latrobe Steels rolling mill by the Roller Skating Center. As we proceed we again come to another site that was once a place called "The Cap's Works where back in WWII local women made hand grenades and other explosive things. I wonder how much toxic stuff is in the area in the last two spots mentioned? Oh well it's so scenic we don't care. Next is the bridge that spans Route 982 and coming into view is The City of Latrobe's (junk) Transfer Station. Wow again!! I think I see my neighbors out couch they took over there last week. BTW: on the right all covered with vegetation is the old slag dump from the melt shop of Latrobe Steel and which after you go under Murphy's Bridge is a continuation of the old slag dump until you come to the old sand dump of the former Vulcan Mold & Iron Company. Man it doesn't get any better than this! Then a we pass behind the dog training center on our right along with Patty's Hole we next come past the slag dump of the former Standard Steel on our right we see in full view the railroad tressel at Legion Keener park then down the stretch thru maybe the most scenic part of our trip. We get the view on our left of the old business of LaNatures and make the curve and down under the railroad bridge next to Domino's Pizza. Make another bend and if were lucky but not the one flying we can see a Medical Helicopter land or takeoff from Excel Latrobe Hospital. And if we twist our neck to the right we can see the former Rolling Rock Brewery and then under the Ligonier Street bridge. Now were in the home stretch to Cardinal Park and The Brown Submarine base. After the sub base and a face full of foul fragrance we proceed to Longs road bridge. This small stretch makes for some what of a scenic float give or take the last several homes before the bridge.
Sad to say fellow Latrobeaiens business as usual in the good old boy's network that's been passed down. I think any state or federal congressman should alerted to the possible chance of someone asking for money in a no go money maker. Remember when the Army Corps of Engineers revamped the Loyalhanna Creek thru town ( Legion Keener ParkTressel to the main street bridge) the vision then was supposed to be a no brainer when the city fathers thought by investing in a rubberized dam by the main street bridge that would dam water upon non storm season so that motorized boats could fish and enjoy the view. Well where did that sink too. The same place the float trail is headed.

Since: Jan 11

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#21 May 8, 2012
Scott wrote:
Shall we take a virtue tour of our minds on a float trip from Kingston Dam to the Brown Submarine Base (sewage plant) across from cardinal park.
A 'virtue' tour of our minds? Wow. Anyway...

Are you unaware of which way the Loyalhanna flows? If you put in a canoe or kayak at the proposed access point, it's a pretty good bet that you're going to be paddling north, not south against the current.

You nitwits make it sound like someone is building a pier where house boats will be docked. It's an freaking access point for _canoes_.

Surely you have something better that you can complain about.
yo mama

Greensburg, PA

#22 May 8, 2012
Scott wrote:
Get in at Kingston Dam and try to have your mind set to a scenic float. Can't wait!! First as we float along between Route 30 on either side of us down to Sheldon's Rock we break the ties of the most scenic noises and sights of the concrete highway. Then we get some great views of neighbors back yards that's say not be to nice. Wait there's an old Cub Cadet lawn mower. Wow! Haven't seen that one model in many years! Then coming into view is the lands and building of Latrobe Steels rolling mill by the Roller Skating Center. As we proceed we again come to another site that was once a place called "The Cap's Works where back in WWII local women made hand grenades and other explosive things. I wonder how much toxic stuff is in the area in the last two spots mentioned? Oh well it's so scenic we don't care. Next is the bridge that spans Route 982 and coming into view is The City of Latrobe's (junk) Transfer Station. Wow again!! I think I see my neighbors out couch they took over there last week. BTW: on the right all covered with vegetation is the old slag dump from the melt shop of Latrobe Steel and which after you go under Murphy's Bridge is a continuation of the old slag dump until you come to the old sand dump of the former Vulcan Mold & Iron Company. Man it doesn't get any better than this! Then a we pass behind the dog training center on our right along with Patty's Hole we next come past the slag dump of the former Standard Steel on our right we see in full view the railroad tressel at Legion Keener park then down the stretch thru maybe the most scenic part of our trip. We get the view on our left of the old business of LaNatures and make the curve and down under the railroad bridge next to Domino's Pizza. Make another bend and if were lucky but not the one flying we can see a Medical Helicopter land or takeoff from Excel Latrobe Hospital. And if we twist our neck to the right we can see the former Rolling Rock Brewery and then under the Ligonier Street bridge. Now were in the home stretch to Cardinal Park and The Brown Submarine base. After the sub base and a face full of foul fragrance we proceed to Longs road bridge. This small stretch makes for some what of a scenic float give or take the last several homes before the bridge.
Sad to say fellow Latrobeaiens business as usual in the good old boy's network that's been passed down. I think any state or federal congressman should alerted to the possible chance of someone asking for money in a no go money maker. Remember when the Army Corps of Engineers revamped the Loyalhanna Creek thru town ( Legion Keener ParkTressel to the main street bridge) the vision then was supposed to be a no brainer when the city fathers thought by investing in a rubberized dam by the main street bridge that would dam water upon non storm season so that motorized boats could fish and enjoy the view. Well where did that sink too. The same place the float trail is headed.
I wanna see your neighbor's sofa at the city's old dump off of Route 982. I bet it glows in the dark, since that land is filled with such toxic garbage, having once been a dump for the Vulcan Mold and Latrobe Steel

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