No Re-Opening in Sight for Crescent's Shouse Park

What do you think of the park's closure?

In a Monday editorial, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette looks at wrangling between Crescent Township officials and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

At the center of the dispute is Shouse Park, a municipal green that was shuttered one year ago because the hillside roadway leading up to it, , had . 

Township officials last year the road had begun to sink and slide downhill and posed a safety threat to park-goers and motorists. Duquesne Light in recent months on the road so residents do not lose power as a result of poles being pushed in the landslide. 

The park was closed in May 2011 and no re-opening date has yet been announced. The Crescent Board of Commissioners has discussed the and for it since the road's 2011 closure. Commissioners of the road repair to be an issue for the community. 

The P-G reports that the Army Corps of Engineers is poised to take over the road and repair it, in a project estimated to cost more than $250,000. The trade off: The Corps would have the ability to close the park while it performs a $3.1 million rehabilitation of the nearby Dashields Lock on the Ohio River. 

Crescent officials have bulked at the offer to close the park, which before its closure was frequently used for township functions and rented for parties. The Crescent Board of Commissioners rejected the Corps' project at its regular meeting last Tuesday in a unanimous vote

The Post-Gazette calls the move "absurd" in its editorial:  

For one small community to have, in effect, veto power over an urgently needed project is as absurd as a mouse stopping the progress of an elephant.

Click here to read the P-G's entire editorial. From the newspaper: 

Corps spokesman Jeff Hawk told the Post-Gazette, "We're beyond frustrated to stunned. We're done unless they make some extraordinary gesture." [Crescent] Township solicitor Richard F. Start replied: "If he is stunned and shocked, his stun and shock pales compared with ours."

So what do you think? Should Crescent hand the project to the Army Corps of Engineers? What would you think of Shouse Park being closed for indefinite periods of time while work is done on Dashields Lock? Have you missed use of the park since its closure last year?

Mom in Crescent May 22, 2012 at 03:40 PM
For a year no the township and its commissioners have been back and forth about this ridiculous road and park. Enough already. Just fix it. We clearly don't have the money to do it, let the army corps do it and let them move forward with the (damn) dam project. Enough is enough. It was a rundown park anyway and its Crescent's fault for not maintaining the stupid road.
Miss Moon May 22, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Yeah this is just incompetence on the part of Crescent. Get the road and the park and the lock fixed and just get it over with. Stop with the small town politics.
Louisa May 22, 2012 at 06:57 PM
How nutty can they be? If the Army doesn't fix the road you can't get to the park so why not shut the park down during construction? No on can get there anyhow. This is stupidity at its highest. For once I'm not embassared to say I have Moon politicians representing me rather than Crescent officals.
Sandy s November 06, 2012 at 12:10 AM
I agree with previously posted statements. Someone please help us to impeach cook and patton before they run our beautiful little town in the ground. They have shown their lack of education and experience.
kelly mckenna February 19, 2013 at 06:49 PM
My family has lived in crescent for all of my 40 years and have enjoyed our little park in our little town, i cant believe that our officials would rather turn crescent into another run down city like ambridge or aliquippa rather than accept much needed help


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