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Executive Director Search Begins

Caren Glotfelty
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 learn more about the position here:

Executive Director Job Description

Or reach the search team directly here:

executivesearch@acparksfoundation.org

Hartwood Sculpture Garden

Sculpture Garden construction
SCULPTURE GARDEN CONSTRUCTION

Progress!

Construction safety requirements have limited the public’s access to visit the Mansion side of Hartwood Acres but that’s a good thing! It means that progress is being made on improvements to the exciting project undertaken by the Parks Foundation in partnership with Allegheny County.

Pictured is a portion of the extensive new walkways under installation. The Sculpture Garden will feature ADA-accessible walkways connecting the sculptures, new native landscape plantings and reconfigured driveways and parking areas, designed using principles of “green” design.

Wondering how you can have an impact on this significant project? Explore dedicating a bench in the Sculpture Garden.

Learn more.

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.