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Community Guide: Pine Township

Jun 01, 2015 11:29AM ● Published by Clare Heekin Lynch

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With its open space and rural setting, it’s hard to believe that Allegheny County’s Pine Township is just a hop, skip and a jump away from downtown Pittsburgh. But this growing region, stretching out over a 17-square mile area, is one of the fastest growing neighborhoods within the county.

History
The township’s roots are thought to go back as far as 1796, when Thomas Rodgers and Samuel Betty first settled in the area. The first school opened in 1800 in the home of fellow colonist Francis Deery, and for worship, there were six churches available, including Cross Roads Presbyterian, established in 1827, and St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Parish, established in 1864, both of which are still active today.

Approximately 12,500 residents now live in Pine Township, which Scott Anderson, township manager, credits to many factors, including lower tax rates, strong schools, easy access to the city and the area’s expansive parks. “Pine Township has the lowest millage rate in Allegheny County, out of 130 municipalities, and has been that way for a number of years,” he said. “And the great news is that, because of all of the expected continued growth, we don’t see any indication that that rate is going to increase.”

According to Anderson, the area started growing about 25 years ago when Interstates 79 and 279 were completed. “These major roadways opened up access to the heart of Pittsburgh,” he said. “It’s really a direct commute.”

This growth resulted in the need to expand sections of Rt. 19, which runs through the Wexford Flats. Despite the fact that Wexford, which is also part of Franklin Park, McCandless and Marshall Townships, is an unincorporated community that was formed around a postal zip code, the area was named the 28th best place to live by Money Magazine in 2005. Other major development activity has included the construction of the Treesdale community, which is home to a private, 27-hole Arnold Palmer-designed golf course. 

For those who love shopping or dining out, newer developments, such as the Village at Pine, feature an array of options, including stores, restaurants, banks, and the Oxford Athletic Club, as well as the first Giant Eagle Market District store to be opened in the North Hills.

Activities
Pine Township is home to three parks: Karrington Woods Park, Pine Community Park and Pine Haven Park, the latter two of which contain numerous hiking and walking trails. Pine Community Park covers approximately 110 acres, and includes soccer, baseball and volleyball fields, a fishing pier, a large playground, batting cages, a bocce ball court, and even an ice rink in the winter.

North Park is also partially located in Pine Township, as well as in McCandless and Hampton townships. The Latodami Nature Center offers environmental education programs to the public, and the park also features a Nature Access Trail that is specially designed for use by visually impaired hikers.

Special events this summer include the annual Pine Township Community Day, which will be held this year on Saturday, July 18. “Our community day will feature plenty of fun activities for kids of all ages, including a dunk tank, pony and train rides, a fun house, hot air balloon rides, pie- and watermelon-eating contests, and a petting zoo,” said Anderson. A fireworks display will cap off the evening.

In addition, Pine Community Center is hosting a variety of summer programs, including a six-week program for township children ages 6 to 12, and for the first time ever, the Great American Campout event from 7 p.m. Saturday, June 27 to 8 a.m. on Sunday, June 28. This overnight event, open to both residents and nonresidents, will feature a bonfire, sing-a-long and s’mores, and will be the perfect way to welcome the warm weather and relaxing months that lie ahead.  

For more information on all of the different programs and events offered in Pine Township, visit www.twp.pine.pa.us or call 724-625-1636.

In recognition of the area’s dedication to green space, the Township of Pine has been certified as a gold-level sustainable community through the Sustainable Pennsylvania Community Certification program.

Upcoming Events
•  Jun. 27-28: Great American Campout
•  Jul. 18: Pine Township Community Day


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