Moon Township Waterfront Master Plan
The proposed SGA designed 17-acre park, with 1,750 feet of Ohio River frontage, will be located on the former RB&W Corporation Bolt Manufacturing Plant which is now owned by Moon Township. The project falls within the 40 mile Ohio River EPA Area-Wide Brownfields Plan Area and is located along the proposed Ohio River Trail, a multi-use bicycle and pedestrian trail connecting several major trails in the Pittsburgh and Eastern Ohio regions; the EPA Ohio River Are-Wide Brownfields Plan and the Ohio River Trail Feasibility Studies were performed by SGA in 2010 through 2012. SGA developed a park site master plan which includes recreational and environmental elements identified through extensive public involvement activities and determined from a detailed programming needs analysis. The park’s proposed design carefully integrates the regulatory requirements of a remediation cap to address the environmental conditions of the site while creating unique landforms and public spaces to facilitate a broad range of activities. The fundamental design framework was derived from the notion of circular “threading” patterns indicative of the industrial threading process that was utilized to create bolts at the former manufacturing plant.
The community’s desire for diverse river-oriented activities, inter-generational exercise and wellness opportunities, physical education, environmental education, outdoor leisure activities as well as a vibrant setting for all types of social activities and events were considered and integrated into the plan. SGA achieved this through the use of a small palette of major landscape elements such as expansive lawn areas; broad promenades, walkways, pathways and piers; as was as preserving portions of the site as natural areas. In addition, these core elements are supported by other “placemaking” aspects, such pavilions, fountains and special landscape areas such as a ‘Remnant Meadow’, which further entice visitation while diversifying experiences. Specially designed facilities are proposed within the park such as an entry plaza and promenade; food truck/vendor court for food service; a playful water jet plaza with seating; picnic pavilions; an urban beach and sunbathing areas; fenced dog park; unique landform playground. The central elements includes a terraced grassy “Great Lawn” which steps down toward the river providing expansive vistas of the river and the bridge as well as serving as a venue for special events.
SGA’s design also addressed regulatory requirements put in place to amend the environmental legacies of the site’s former industrial use. The terraces that form the Great Lawn are the fundamental “cap” which serves as the engineered cover for the industrial materials that will remain on the site and achieve PA DEP Act 2 closure to a residential clean-up standard required for public parkland.