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Project of the Year
CTCC is pleased to announce its 2019 Project of the Year: Forge Ahead: Library Makeover.
Forge ahead references both the advancement of our library into new technology and the fact that the building it is in was at one time a forge. This year’s Project of the Year will be our biggest ever with a price tag of $750,000 to complete everything. The scope of the project can be summarized in four parts.
- Makerspaces have become all the rage in America’s schools over the past decade. Think of them as small workshops, outfitted with tools ranging from very high tech to no tech at all. What they share in common are work benches designed for collaboration and equipped for making things in a hands-on learning environment. It’s an idea which has spread beyond the classroom to include private subscription makerspaces, foundation supported shops, commercial prototyping studios, and now public libraries.
- Technology Upgrades will be made but the largest one in this category is RFID; Radio Frequency Identification Device that eliminates the old bar code check out but instead uses an electronic signal to identify the book and cardholder for a much simpler more reliable checkout without waiting in lines.
- ADA Accessibility & Programming will help eliminate the difficulties of getting into and out of the library by installation of automatic sliding doors. Specialized programming with the new makerspace will be adapted for an all-inclusive environment serving the needs of the community of all abilities.
- Energy/environmental improvements from the installation of new energy efficient LED lighting, light enhanced painting, environmental friendly carpeting and improved ergonomics layout including upgrading staff area will be the final part of the project. While this is our biggest project we also expect it to be very appealing for everyone. There is no asset used more in our community by young & old than our library and we are excited to see how well the residents & businesses will respond with this project.
CTCC is pleased to announce its 2018 Project of the Year: The Nature Trails and Championship Disc Golf Course in North Boundary Park.
The project includes two miles of new nature trails, an 18-hole Championship disc golf course and a 6-hole ADA accessible recreational/learn-to-play disc golf course. It will be located on the 30-acre western portion of North Boundary Park along a currently undeveloped hillside.
The Nature Trail will follow the disc golf course, much like a cart path, but only for walking. It will be accessible from North Boundary Road and the current North Boundary Park parking lot. Although the new nature trail will have a distinct start and end, it is designed to easily connect with other nearby trails and create a continuous loop throughout the park.
According to its designer, Cranberry Champion Disc Golf Course will be the nation’s best disc golf course. While it may not have an ocean view or desert vista, what it has will attract the world’s best players. It will be well over 10,700 feet long and be played as a full, par 72 course. Of the 7,400 disc golf courses that exist in the world, this will be one of the 10 longest courses and will be the longest course in the state. Its challenging terrain will include elevation changes, tight fairways and lots of trees to navigate around.
Each hole in the course will have three different concrete tee pads, much like a conventional golf course, to allow play for those at every level of the game, including the long-throw championship level. Although the course will be nationally sanctioned for a rotation of tournaments, CTCC’s ultimate goal is to make it a premier course hosting a yearly multi-day tournament that attracts the game’s best players – the Cranberry Masters!
The 6-hole Learn-to-Play Disc Golf Course will be built on the north-central portion of North Boundary Park. The total cost of this project is estimated at $265,000 with CTCC raising funds, starting with 2017 CTCC Community Days. The project will be formally introduced by the Pittsburgh Flying Disc Society which is partnering with CTCC in setting up a multi-hole temporary course during Community Days on July 13-15. Representatives of the Society will be on hand to discuss the project in detail. The last 7 Projects were funded because residents and businesses donated $2.8 million.
CTCC has teamed up with the Miracle League of Southwestern Pennsylvania to rebuild the surface of the League’s special needs ballfield in Graham Park. The second part is to create a new baseball-themed playground right next to the Miracle League diamond.