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Parks Foundation at Work

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.

CURRENT PROJECTS

Park bench and sculpture projects
TIPTOE THROUGH THE SCULPTURES:

HARTWOOD ACRES SCULPTURE GARDEN

How do you create a sculpture garden? Very carefully. Twelve sculptures were gifted to Hartwood Acres Park in the 1980s, when it was envisioned as an art and culture park. A thirteenth sculpture was added years later. Now much-needed expert art restoration is underway and the Hartwood Acres Sculpture Garden is in progress, as the Parks Foundation partners with Allegheny County. When completed, it will include ADA-accessible walkways connecting the sculptures, new landscape plantings and reconfigured driveways and parking area, designed to “green” principles.

Cascades

South Park Cascades

Generations of South Park visitors get misty-eyed recalling childhood memories of spending summer days at this historic attraction. Built in 1927 using large, flat stones quarried on site, the waterfall and shallow pools of The Cascades were the vision of landscape architect Paul Riis, who also served as the first director of Allegheny County Parks. Ceremonial groundbreaking for this restoration took place in July, 2018, with completion expected in 2020.

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SOUTH PARK GREEN PARKING SOLUTION

ACPF received a Growing Greener Grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to design a green parking lot to replace a paved parking lot at the South Park Fairgrounds Oval. This proposed parking area incorporates sustainable features, such as a minimal footprint, storm water management, innovative surface materials and native plants. A design and engineering consultant was selected in late 2018.

Settlers Cabin Waterfall
NOW, A WATERFALL WITHIN REACH:

SETTLERS CABIN WATERFALL TRAIL

Hidden in Settlers Cabin Park is a beautiful waterfall. But trail conditions and steep terrain had made it unreachable for many. We teamed up with Allegheny County to improve the trail while protecting the sensitive botanical areas surrounding it. And plantings scheduled for spring 2020 will restore and protect the stream banks from erosion.

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North Park Lake Trail

Improvement of the Ingomar Road section of the North Park Lake Trail, completed spring 2015, has increased safety and enhanced the trail experience for diverse users of this section of the trail located on the shoulder of a heavily traveled roadway. This project also included the construction of a path along the lake shore, anchored at the Babcock Boulevard and Ingomar Road “Gateway” with the restoration of the Babblebrook picnic shelter, and the addition of an accessible path for fishing and rain garden with native plantings. Allegheny County is currently making the improvements along the remaining section of the trail on Pearce Mill Road. This project will renovate and improve the final one and one-half miles of the North Park Lake Trail, including widening of the trail to increase usability and safety by better separating pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicles, and providing updated trail marking and signage.

SETTLERS CABIN MINE POLLUTION CLEAN-UP PLANNING

Settlers Cabin Mine Pollution Clean-Up PLANNING

Since 2014, ACPF has partnered with Trout Unlimited to study the environmental impact of pollution coming from old coal mines in the park, mitigate its effects to restore water quality and encourage the return of fish to Pinkertons Run. Biological data gathered over the course of many months is providing an overview of organisms living in the stream and helping us to gauge the outcome of a potential pollution remediation strategy we will implement. In 2018, PA DEP made a Growing Greener Grant to ACPF to design and construct a passive treatment system for the worst discharge and design is underway. The grant will also fund streambank stabilization measures in Pinkertons Run.

COMPLETED PROJECTS

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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

Meadows

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