Preston Motors to fund Pearson Park improvements
By Nancy Lowry
New Castle News
Jun 4, 2016
Preston Toyota has contributed $60,000 to upgrade the Pearson Park Walking Trail.
Earlier this year, the automotive dealer announced the contribution that will be used to upgrade workout stations along the trail, replace benches and for infrastructure changes to improve drainage. The contribution also confers naming rights. The trail will now be known as the Preston Toyota Pearson Park Walking Trail.
“This trail has been a staple of our community for years,” said Neshannock Township supervisor Leslie Bucci. “Improvements are much needed and the contribution is much appreciated.”
Property to create the park was donated in the 1950s, she said. The park and the Hutchison Community Center were created in 1962. The gazebo/bandstand was installed in 1976 as part of the Bicentennial Year celebrations. Bucci said the trail was installed in the 1970s. She noted that Jameson Health Center paid or the initial workout stations.
“Over the years many of the stations, which were made of wood, deteriorated,” she said. “This is a nice opportunity.”
She added that it would be difficult for the supervisors to raise taxes for recreational improvements. “The gift from Preston will allow the improvements to be made and allow the township officials to use tax dollars elsewhere,” she said.
Robert Preston IV, in making the presentation, said many of his family members use the park.
“My father walks — sometimes daily — and said he wanted to see improvements,” Preston said. “He had the idea but gave the responsibility to me. This should make him and all the other people who use the park happy,” Preston said, adding, “It also shows our support for the community.”