Last month, City Year – a nonprofit AmeriCorps national service organization – joined hundreds of volunteers from CSX and the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance to transform Rangers Field in McKees Rocks. The team completely restored dilapidated baseball fields, built picnic tables and benches, and painted murals – in addition to laying sod in one of the fields. CSX is one of the nation’s leading transportation companies, connecting customers to ports, distribution centers and markets across the eastern U.S. Through grassroots volunteerism and focused corporate giving, CSX is committed to supporting the communities where it operates.
The regenerated baseball field at the corner of Shingiss and Sproul streets in McKees Rocks is now a safe place for children to recreate, and another asset for a community working hard to create change for the better. In June, a crowd of more than 100 gathered at McKees Rocks’ Father Ryan Arts Center of Focus on Renewal for the U.S. EPA’s announcement regarding redevelopment of the former P&LE railroad brownfield site. Fueled by the resources of both the public and private sector, this development will see the build-out of a new business park yielding 1,172 new jobs, as well as 642 construction-related jobs, and state and local tax revenues in excess of $13 million.