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Simeral Square

Simeral Square
101 North Water Street
West Newton, PA
Riverfront Park Development
Total Project Cost


An abandoned brownfield in West Newton’s old commercial district has been transformed into a handsome new square named after one of the area’s first settlers.  The $675,000 Simeral Square project — named for pioneer ferry operator Alexander Simeral — has a stage, a sprawling lawn, bike racks, benches, light posts and a walkway that’s handicapped accessible.


Simeral Square is designed on a “Bridge to Tomorrow” plan that connects the square on the east side of the bridge with the trail on the town’s west side.  A visitor center for the trail and its town has opened in a new building based on the design of the old Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad station that had stood on the same spot.  Officials said the trail and visitor center has already spurred economic growth on the west side with the opening of the West Newton Bike Shop, Bright Morning Bed and Breakfast, Trailside Restaurant and Fox’s pizza and ice cream shop.


The square was funded by these grants:  $250,000 from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources; $218,000 through the Appalachian Regional Commission sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture; $144,000 from the Westmoreland County Department of Planning and Community Development; $70,000 from the Progress Fund through the R.K. Mellon Foundation; $50,000 from the state Department of Community and Economic Development; $10,000 from the Port of Pittsburgh Commission and from local donors through the Bricks & Amenities Campaign.

News about Simeral Square

Grand Opening of West Newton’s Simeral Square

The Progress Fund is proud to be one of the funders for Simeral Square, which was made possible with funds of the Richard King Mellon Foundation. This new downtown park is located along the east bank of the Youghiogheny River. The Grand Opening Celebration was held on Saturday, June 1, 2013. The park will provide residents and visitors views of … Continue reading Read the full post »

Construction Funding for Simeral Square

July 6, 2011, Today, Congressman Mark Critz announced the final funding piece for construction on the Simeral Square project in downtown West Newton, PA. The Congressman presented a check representing a recent grant of $218,000 which is the final piece of the needed funding. The Progress Fund provided $70,000 with funds from the R.K. Mellon Foundation. Simeral Square will serve … Continue reading Read the full post »