At the Parks Foundation, we’re always working to improve, conserve and restore the nine parks in Allegheny County. We contribute big-picture and long-term thinking, as well as fundraising efforts through our partnership with Allegheny County. By using the Allegheny County Parks Comprehensive Master Plan and other studies as our guide, we raise public and private funds from foundations, corporations, state and federal grant programs and individuals to design and implement projects in our parks. We commission and conduct surveys, plans and ecological assessments of our individual parks and park system which guide the strategic development of improvements in all nine county parks. All projects are undertaken in partnership with Allegheny County, with the county matching most private and non-county public funds raised by the Parks Foundation.


Sculpture being placed in Hartwood Acres Park. Pittsburgh PA

Sculpture Garden at Hartwood Acres

Artist rendering of proposed South Park Cascades.

South Park Cascades

Executive Director Caren Glotfelty (center) receives the first donation to the Suffragist Grove from Women of Wet Weather

Suffragist Grove at Hartwood Acres

park overview

South Park Green Parking Solution

Cyclist enjoying North Park Lake Trail. Allegheny County Parks. Pittsburgh PA

North Park Lake Trail

Settlers Cabin Mine Pollution Clean-Up PLANNING

Nevin Shelter. Allegheny County Parks. Pittsburgh PA

Nevin Shelter Restoration

Young girl plants trees in Allegheny County Parks. Pittsburgh PA

Tree Program


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Woman assesses water in creek at Allegheny County Parks

Ecological Assessments

Sheep in Animal Shelter Projects

Animal Shelters

Outdoor Classroom stone stairs at the Cascades

Outdoor Classroom at the Cascades

Flowers in a meadow


lots of trees planted along the bank of a stream

Riparian Plantings

Deer Lakes Park Cattail Drive Entrance Sign

Comprehensive Signage Guidelines

Thank you for visiting Deer Lakes Park

Signage Pilot Project Installation

Chimney Swift Habitat Towers

Chimney Swift Habitat Towers

Goats signage

Interpretive Signage

Canoes at the Park

Community Awareness and Park User Survey

Fairgrounds Oval Improvements

Fairgrounds Oval Improvements

Panhandle Connector Trail - Phase 1

Panhandle Connector Trail – Phase 1

Montour Connector Trail Bench

Montour Connector Trail

Settlers Cabin Waterfall

Settlers Cabin Waterfall Trail