Community Profile: Crafton Borough
Crafton is an active, growing, family-friendly borough located just four miles from Pittsburgh’s Downtown. Crafton shares its borders with the Boroughs of Ingram, Thornburg, and Rosslyn Farms, as well as the City of Pittsburgh.
Like many other municipalities in Allegheny County, Crafton features much of the region’s beautiful historic architecture, but lacks its typical sloping geography. Crafton Borough Manager Ann Scott calls the community “extremely walkable.” Located in the Chartiers Creek Valley, Crafton has many trails and foot paths that date back before the 18th century. Today’s residents and visitors of Crafton can enjoy the creek on the connecting trail from Crafton Park to Meyer and Middleton Park, two out of four parks the municipality has to offer. It is not necessary to visit the park, however, to enjoy nature in Crafton.
Named a Tree City USA community for 27 consecutive years, Crafton is known for the beauty of its tree-lined streets. “If there’s one word to describe Crafton,” Scott said of the municipality’s community and aesthetic features, “it would be ‘charming.’” Crafton has a vibrant and family-oriented community and was rated one of the “Best Places to Raise Children in PA” by US News in 2011.
Crafton has collaborative relationships with many of its neighbors. The municipality provides police services for Thornburg Borough, and comprises the Carlynton School District with Carnegie and Rosslyn Farms. Crafton is perhaps uniquely close with its neighbor Ingram Borough. The two communities share the Crafton-Ingram shopping center and are currently working on the comprehensive CI Thrive plan for cooperation on issues of economic development, connectivity and transportation, code enforcement, and cross-boundary communication. CI Thrive acknowledges the separate identities of the two communities while creating a plan to work together as the two small-town suburbs grow and move into the future.
Crafton also enjoys a vibrant and active civic society, with active PTA and many community organizations including the Rotary Club and Volunteer Fire Department. The Crafton Historical Society and Library are located in the Crafton Community Center, and the Crafton-Ingram Community Food Pantry is housed in Crafton United Presbyterian Church. The food pantry receives a portion of its supplies from the Crafton Community Garden which opened in 2015 as an ongoing cooperation between Crafton and Grow Pittsburgh. The community garden is located inside Crafton Park and donates all of its produce to the food pantry. Crafton Park also features the public swimming pool and splash pad, playground, three rentable shelters, picnic tables, ball fields and court, and an amphitheater. As a recipient of ALCOSAN’s new GROW program, Crafton Park is in the process of adding a rain garden that will help stem storm water overflows through green infrastructure. During the summer, Crafton Park often features weekly performances organized by the Crafton Performing Art Association.