If you love your parks as much as we do, join us to get involved.

Come to an event. Stay informed. Make a donation. Share your park story.

Executive Director Search Begins

Caren
CAREN GLOTFELTY TO RETIRE

WITH APPRECIATION

It is with great appreciation for all that she has done in leading the Allegheny County Parks Foundation that we announce the retirement of our Executive Director, Caren Glotfelty, later this year.  Since Caren joined the Allegheny County Parks Foundation in 2014, she has stewarded the organization with clear vision, inclusive collaboration, and unparalleled leadership.

“Caren has led the Parks Foundation with her thoughtful, practical, organized, and strategic style that has guided us to new heights during her time as our Executive Director.  We have benefited greatly from her extensive environmental, governmental, and development experience,” said Chip Babst, Board Chair

The Board of Directors is extremely grateful for Caren’s commitment to the success of the ACPF and all that she has done for the greater community, most recently successfully leading us through the pandemic.  During her tenure, all nine County Parks have seen significant enhancements including ecological surveys and environmental upgrades, renovations of the Sculpture Garden at Hartwood Acres and historic features in South Park, trail improvements in several of the parks and the founding of the Suffragist Grove at Hartwood Acres, a project near and dear to Caren.

“It has been a great privilege and joy to work over the past seven years with Allegheny County and the dedicated board and staff of the Allegheny County Parks Foundation. The 12,000 acres of nature and recreational facilities in our county parks are a tremendous asset contributing to the health and vibrancy of our region. I have appreciated the leadership and commitment of County Executive Rich Fitzgerald to the improvement of the parks and the success of the Parks Foundation. I look forward to helping our board to find a new Executive Director to lead the Parks Foundation to the next level,” said Glotfelty.

While we are early in the process of identifying her successor, we appreciate Caren’s commitment to work with the Board to ensure the ACPF continues to prosper. Interested parties can access information about this position here:

Executive Search

Or reach the search team directly here:

executivesearch@acparksfoundation.org

Twilight Picnic for the Parks

2021 Twilight PIcnic for the Parks
BACK IN THE SWING!

August 21

We are thrilled to announce that our annual gala, TWILIGHT PICNIC FOR THE PARKS, is back! Join us as we celebrate the Allegheny County Parks and the essential role they serve to our region. Regional supporters will gather in an open, tented park setting and sway to live jazz under the stars
by Pittsburgh born and New York based Benny Benack III. Enjoy cocktails and a grazing picnic dinner using the finest seasonal ingredients at an event that blends summer chic with rustic sophistication. Welcome back!

All proceeds benefit the Allegheny County Parks Foundation.

Hit the Trails!

Montour Trail South Park
TRAIL DISCOVERY GUIDE

TAKE A HIKE!

Here’s your quick, easy-to-follow snapshot of featured trails in the 9 Allegheny County Parks. This handy guide is designed for hikers who want to explore all 9 Allegheny County Parks but aren’t sure where to start their adventure. Each park has unique features and our Trail Discovery Guide offers a variety of distances, surfaces, scenic features and elevations. There are trails for everyone and every ability. Visit a park you’ve never seen before. Try them all!

Trail Discovery Guide

Caren

CAREN GLOTFELTY TO RETIRE WITH APPRECIATION

It is with great appreciation for all that she has done in leading the Allegheny County Parks Foundation that we announce the retirement of our Executive Director, Caren Glotfelty, later this year.  Since Caren joined the Allegheny County Parks Foundation in 2014, she has stewarded the organization with clear vision, inclusive collaboration, and unparalleled leadership.

“Caren has led the Parks Foundation with her thoughtful, practical, organized, and strategic style that has guided us to new heights during her time as our Executive Director.  We have benefited greatly from her extensive environmental, governmental, and development experience,” said Chip Babst, Board Chair.

The Board of Directors is extremely grateful for Caren’s commitment to the success of the ACPF and all that she has done for the greater community, most recently successfully leading us through the pandemic.  During her tenure, all nine County Parks have seen significant enhancements including ecological surveys and environmental upgrades, renovations of the Sculpture Garden at Hartwood Acres and historic features in South Park, trail improvements in several of the parks and the founding of the Suffragist Grove at Hartwood Acres, a project near and dear to Caren.

“It has been a great privilege and joy to work over the past seven years with Allegheny County and the dedicated board and staff of the Allegheny County Parks Foundation. The 12,000 acres of nature and recreational facilities in our county parks are a tremendous asset contributing to the health and vibrancy of our region. I have appreciated the leadership and commitment of County Executive Rich Fitzgerald to the improvement of the parks and the success of the Parks Foundation. I look forward to helping our board to find a new Executive Director to lead the Parks Foundation to the next level,” said Glotfelty.

While we are early in the process of identifying her successor, we appreciate Caren’s commitment to work with the Board to ensure the ACPF continues to prosper.   We are accepting early letters of interest and referrals to executivesearch@acparksfoundation.org.