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Friends of the Riverfront to purchase Aspinwall Marina and build new park

Friends of the Riverfront has entered into a sales agreement to purchase the Aspinwall Marina. In addition to preserving this important community asset, the 20-year-old river advocacy organization plans to develop a new park on or near the 8-acre marina site.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for us to fulfill our mission of reconnecting people with their riverfronts. The community of Aspinwall and the neighboring communities have been very active and supportive, and we can't think of a better project," says Thomas Baxter, executive director of Friends of the Riverfront.

The family who currently owns the marina at 285 River Avenue has worked diligently to find the right buyer who will preserve its legacy, and Baxter expects the sale to be finalized within the next few months. The sale price will not be disclosed until that time, though the property was last listed at $2.3 million. The Fox Chapel District Association has already committed $50,000 toward the project. Once the marina is purchased, Friends of the Riverfront intends to involve the community in deciding what kinds of renovations need to be made.

While the proposed park has yet to be designed, Baxter says that it will be used to better connect the community, and its creation will draw heavily from public input.

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Writer: John Farley
Source: Thomas Baxter, Friends of the Riverfront

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