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SAI Buys 98 Acres Near Roadman Park

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Posted on May 4, 2010

To provide more recreational space for students as University enrollment grows, the Student Association Inc. (SAI), a nonprofit corporation owned and operated by all students at California University of Pennsylvania, has purchased a 98-acre parcel adjoining the University's south campus.             

Paperwork finalizing the sale of land at 377 East Malden Drive, Coal Center, was filed May 4 in the Office of the Recorder of Deeds for Washington County, Pa.

The $1.1 million purchase of the former Harris property increases the overall size of the California University campus by 50 percent. The property adjoins Roadman Park, home to the University's football stadium and track, tennis courts, softball and baseball practice fields, and other recreational facilities.

The Student Association also owns Roadman Park, which was purchased in the 1930s by the Women's Athletic Association, a forerunner of the SAI.  A shuttle operates regularly between Roadman Park and Cal U's main campus beside the Monongahela River.

The newly purchased parcel will enhance the quality of student life and expand recreational opportunities for Cal U students. Plans call for adding a track and playing fields, and using the 100-year-old farmhouse on the property for club meetings and other student activities.

"Cal U's enrollment has reached record levels for 12 consecutive years, and we anticipate further growth in the years ahead," said University President Angelo Armenti, Jr. "Expansion of Cal U's main campus is limited by its location between the river and the town, but this parcel expands the recreation area available for our students.

"I applaud the SAI for its foresight in making this purchase, and I expect this land to become a well-used part of our campus."

The SAI serves Cal U's diverse student body by providing activities and programs and supporting new facilities on campus. The nonprofit association promotes the University's core values, provides leadership opportunities and serves as an advocate for Cal U students. It has been at work strengthening Cal U since 1937.