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Caren Glotfelty


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

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North Park Observation Tower

Exciting project moves forward

The Parks Foundation is excited that the first phase of the restoration of a beloved North Park attraction – the Observation Tower – is beginning. Once complete, this historic site is expected to reopen to the public after 30 years.

“The opportunity to once again share the views of North Park from the deck of the Observation Tower led to the generous gift from the Babcock Charitable Trust. As descendants of E.V. Babcock, the trustees saw the value this project will have to those enjoying the park, much as Mr. Babcock did nearly 100 years ago when he established the park system as a county commissioner,” said Caren Glotfelty, Executive Director of the Allegheny County Parks Foundation.

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Upcoming Event

Twilight Picnic for the Parks

Saturday, August 20, 2022

Twilight Picnic for the Parks assembles regional supporters in an intimate atmosphere. The luster of twilight provides the backdrop for al fresco style cocktails and dinner from an acclaimed regional chef that elevates the notion of picnic fare using the finest local ingredients. The setting blends summer chic with rustic sophistication to create a truly memorable experience in the park for guests. This year’s event will take place overlooking the Caren Glotfelty Meadow, celebrating its own special magic. Andrew Hendryx and his band will provide a night of joyous, foot tapping music spanning the mountains of Appalachia to Motown and featuring Grammy winning cellist David Egger.

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