Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Trib: Advertising considered to pay for Mt. Lebanon programs

Mt. Lebanon might allow sign advertising at school fields, stadiums and parks for the first time in its 100-year history, as it tries to find ways to pay for maintenance and upgrades of athletic space.

Commissioners heard from the public at meetings on last Thursday and Monday, and they are not expected to vote before May 8.

Some see allowing businesses to buy advertising around fields at parks and schools as a way to usher in revenue similar to what Cranberry did, granting naming rights for a 105-acre park to Dick's Sporting Goods in 2009. The retailer committed $2.2 million over 10 years for the development of the $9 million park, named Dick's Sporting Goods Sportsplex at Graham Park. A 10 foot-tall sign at the park can be seen from the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Cranberry Manager Jerry Andree said.

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