BRIDGEVILLE – Rep. Jason Ortitay (R-Washington/Allegheny) today announced a total of $170,000 in Gaming Economic Development and Tourism Fund (GEDTF) Program grants have been awarded to assist Oakdale Borough and South Fayette Township with community projects.
The GEDTF program provides funding for single-year and multi-year projects that promote development in Allegheny County, including economic, infrastructure and community improvements, job training, public safety and public interest. The money comes from the tax assessed on slot games in casinos.
“I’m pleased to see both of these projects funded,” Ortitay said. “Each will benefit the community by making the municipality more attractive for outdoor recreation and gatherings. Due to the pandemic, the sense of community has been diminished as people social distance. I’m hopeful these enhancements will cultivate the social fabric of our area.”
The $25,000 grant to Oakdale will be used to remove an existing gazebo, brick surface and multiple trees in the town center. A new gazebo will then be installed, along with a vinyl fence, pine trees, sidewalk and asphalt parking lot. Electrical and landscaping improvements also will be done.
The $145,000 grant to South Fayette Township will be used for phase three of the Fairview Park expansion project. This will entail construction of the Fairview Ballfield Complex, including construction of three Little League fields with artificial turf infields, lights, scoreboards, a batting cage, and ADA-complaint walkways, dugouts and bleachers. The fields will be used by youth baseball, youth softball and youth cricket.
The 46th Legislative District includes Collier and South Fayette townships and Bridgeville, Heidelberg, McDonald and Oakdale boroughs in Allegheny County. It also encompasses Canton, Cecil, Mt. Pleasant, Robinson and Smith townships and Burgettstown, McDonald and Midway boroughs in Washington County.