Boyce Park Ecological Assessment
In 2015 with generous funding from the PNC Foundation, the Allegheny County Parks Foundation, together with the Allegheny County Parks Department, launched a systematic evaluation of natural resources and ecological assets in the parks beginning with Boyce Park. We partnered with the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) to conduct the first Ecological Assessment and Action Plan to provide a framework for project implementation to protect, preserve and improve the environmental health of the park.
South Park Fairgrounds Oval Improvements
The oval track, fields and surrounding areas are all part of the former South Park Fairgrounds. While the County fair is a beloved memory, the fairgrounds continue to be well used for other purposes. This area is the heart of South Park. The improvement project, funded by the Department fo Conservation and Natural Resources, Allegheny County and the Parks Foundation, will begin needed upgrades to the track, fields, and landscaping. As additional funds are raised, additional improvements will be designed and constructed.
North Park Lake Trail
North Park has a beautifully scenic 75-acre lake in the heart of the park. Improvments to the five mile trail are intended to connect the Rachel Carson Trail, a 34-mile trail that extends from North Park to Harrison Hills Park, to improve trail safety for users while providing an opportunity to explore and experience the park's varied ecology.
Settler's Cabin Park Connector Trail - Phase 1 (within park)
Settler's Cabin Park serves a growing population in the western section of the county. Phase 1 of the connector trail links Settler's Cabin Park to Walkers Mill in Collier Township. A future Phase 2, outside park property, will link to the adjacent Panhandle Trail; a 29-mile trail that stretches from Carnegie to Weirton, WV and includes a link to the Montour Trail.
Eagle Scout Award Program
The Boy Scouts have been using and improving the county parks for decades. This long time tradition continues today and Scout Troops use the parks in their communitites for a variety of outdoor activities and service projects. Eagle Scouts have delivered hundreds of projects including benches, bridges, gardens, solar power demonstrations, trail construction and ADA improvements that enhance the park experience. The Eagle Scout Award Program will help continue this tradition as the Parks Foundation and the Scouts work together to enhance all nine parks.
04/27/16 May is Marathon Month!
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04/27/16 Support YOUR Parks on DAY OF GIVING -- MAY 3
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04/04/16 Board Member Sally McCrady Among Top Women Philanthropists in U.S.
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03/29/16 Spring Has Sprouted in the Parks!
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02/29/16 Chimney Swift Towers Coming to County Parks
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02/29/16 Official Countdown to Spring Has Begun!
02/08/16 Meet Our New Board Members
The Allegheny County Parks Foundation welcomed two new board members recently. Todd Owens, Co-Founder and Principal of Nonprofit Talent, the region’s executive search and counseling agency to the nonprofit community, spends as much time outdoors as he can. He brings a wealth of experience to this position, having earned a…