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Winfield adding trail to park

June 22, 2018 Digital Media Exclusive

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Winfield Community Park for the park's new 1.2-mile trail. Those pictured are: township secretary Adam Hartwig, supervisor Matt Klabnik, Jethro Claxon of Holbein Inc., the project's contractor, and supervisor Mike Robb.

WINFIELD TWP — Ground has been broken at the Community Park on Brose Road, where a 1.2-mile trail will be added by the end of the summer.

Township secretary Adam Hartwig said the new trail loop will be 8 feet wide and compliant with the federal Americans With Disabilities Act when completed.

The project is possible due to a $140,000 matching grant from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Winfield Township will provide the 50 percent match through the township park fund and donations made toward the trail, Hartwig said.

“The trail was originally planned for in the township's 2000 Master Site Plan,” Hartwig said. “The township has worked diligently over the years to grow the Community Park without investing many local tax dollars, and this project is no different.”

The grant was the result of a collaboration between Hartwig, former county Parks and Recreation Director Gary Pinkerton and Lance Welliver, who took over for Pinkerton upon his retirement in the spring.

The general contractor for the project will be Holbein, Inc. of Sarver, which submitted the winning bid to the township. Holbein was approved by the supervisors in May.

Work on the trail will be ongoing over the summer and is expected to be completed by the end of August, Hartwig said.

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Paula Grubbs

Paula Grubbs

Paula Grubbs is a Butler County native who has been with the Butler and Cranberry Eagle newspapers since June 2000. Grubbs has covered the Mars School District and Middlesex Township for over 20 years with the Eagle and her former employer, the Cranberry Journal. She also covers Adams Township, Evans City and Mars in addition to events and incidents throughout Southwestern Butler County as assigned. Grubbs has taken the lead at the Cranberry Eagle in reporting on shale gas development, which has been a hotly debated topic in the recent past, both locally and nationally. A 1979 graduate of Butler Senior High School and a 1994 graduate of Geneva College, Grubbs has won a Golden Quill and four Keystone state awards, plus an award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Grubbs enjoys following the Penguins, Pirates and Steelers, volunteers with the Connoquenessing Creek Cleanup each summer, and loves spending time outdoors and bird watching at her Penn Township home. Grubbs is the daughter of James R. Davis Sr., of Center Township, and the late Maxine Davis. She has two grown children, Jacqueline and Thomas.