December 7, 2016

Parks & Recreation

Recreational opportunities in Ford City are at a premium for its residents. Currently, the Borough has five parks/playgrounds available, totaling almost eleven (11) acres about 2.5% of the total land area. These five parks/playgrounds provide a variety of recreation activities, however they are relatively small in size, with the largest Fort Run Park consisting of 3.48 acres, providing a ball field and basketball court facilities. This park, although not conveniently located for many Borough residents, “plays home” to local softball teams and provides the only ballfield under Borough ownership.

The playground 7th Avenue and Boulder Park consists of open space and the Ford City Borough Park consists of passive recreation benches, gazebo, and sidewalks.

The Ford View Park is located at the top of the ridge and services those Borough residents with limited playground equipment.

In addition to the recreational land use classifications has been the donation of over two hundred (200) acres from PPG to the Borough in the early 70s. The fact that it is across the river and almost one mile from Ford City in North Buffalo Township, however, prevents easy access to the residents. This property has been partially developed with four ballfields, two concession stands, two (2) volleyball courts, one pavilion and several picnic tables. The recreational use area consists of approximately 16.5 acres.

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