Following the recommendation of the Boyce Park Ecological Assessment and Action Plan, the Allegheny County Parks Foundation, in partnership with Allegheny County Parks, planted a meadow on a five-acre hillside in the fall of 2017. The results were spectacular! Visitors flooded the park all summer long to picnic, hike and photograph the Black-Eyed and Brown-Eyed Susans, Coreopsis, Butterfly Weed and many more varieties of native wildflowers and grasses.
Meadows are beneficial because they reduce the need to mow, attract pollinators and absorb storm water, helping to eliminate runoff issues. The popularity of meadows in the Allegheny County Parks led to requests for information on how to use sustainable practices and native species in home gardens. The Wild Gardens Project of the Allegheny County Penn State Master Gardeners created a pamphlet with helpful suggestions.