Idea for new Pleasant Hills sports complex moves ahead

Thursday, Mar 19, 2015

The mayor of Pleasant Hills is hopeful about the creation of the new sports complex at Breisinger Field next to the borough's municipal building on East Bruceton Road.

Council approved a contract Monday with Garvin Boward Beitka Engineering Inc. of Kennedy to do test borings on all three parcels of land involved in the project. The cost is not to exceed $9,660. Test borings will explore the characteristics of the ground and determine if mines exist.

Not only will the new play areas for soccer, field hockey and lacrosse be sited on Breisinger Field, soil tests will be done on the hillside behind the borough building for the possibility of walking trails and across from the building for additional parking. The salt dome will be moved near those parking spaces.

“The hill has to be cut,” said Ned Mitrovich, borough engineer. “We have to move a lot of dirt and not all of it will be topsoil.”

The work is expected to begin in a few weeks.

Mayor Rob Bootay III is hoping for the completion of the entire project by the fall.

To facilitate work on the project during the spring and summer months, baseball and softball teams have been scheduled for the borough's other fields, Maize and Mowry, said Robert Karcher, who keeps the recreation schedule.

At an earlier meeting, Bootay had requested council think about forming a grant-writing subcommittee to explore what funds could be available to finance the complex. Bootay brought the sports complex idea to council in early December, suggesting that not only could the fields become a local draw, but also a regional one.

The first step was a walk-through of the property after which Mitrovich developed a drawing, showing the field to be about 115 yards by 100 yards and accommodating sideline space, a safety zone, bleachers, changing rooms and a concession stand.

Initial plans allow for the existing field to be graded, fitted with a drainage system and covered with artificial turf.

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