MARCH News & Updates
Spring is here and so is the Allegheny County Parks Spring Program and Event Guide. There are lots of fun and educational activities for the whole family at all our 9 County Parks. Join the Rangers for a Guided Nature Walk or enjoy Cookies With Cottontail! Most activities are free but require pre-registration. Click here to view the guide and download a copy:
Groundbreaking for Settlers Cabin Pool on April 20, 1977.
James Voye, Deputy Director of Allegheny County Parks, is on the far left.  
A family remembers

It was always a special day when Jim Voye's dad brought him along to work. The late James Voye was Deputy Director of the Allegheny County Parks Department, so "work" was more like "play" to Mr. Voye's 10 children.

In a lovely tribute to their dad, the Voye children and extended family members took a group collection and made a generous holiday time donation to the Allegheny County Parks Foundation. In a letter to his large family soliciting donations, the younger Jim Voye said the purpose of the gift was to "do good in a way none of us could do alone." The Voye gift will be directed to projects in Settlers Cabin Park, which his family believes was the elder Mr. Voye's favorite.  

The ACParks Foundation asked Jim Voye to share some memories of his times in the Allegheny County Parks with his dad. Here's what he wrote:   

"My dad started working with the county about 1955. He worked in the Bureau of Accounts and Statistics. In 1968 he was promoted to Director of Administration of the Allegheny County Parks Department to help with a reorganization of the Department. At some point in his tenure he was promoted to Deputy Director of County Parks.
 
Growing up, Dad would take us along on trips to the parks. We could investigate and play while he went to meet with park managers and others. It was a nice perk for us. Memories include getting close to and feeding the animals at Round Hill Park and helping to shear the sheep.
 
An annual rite of Summer was going to the County Fair. Dad would work at the fair all day, every day. It was a kid's dream. We got to go to work with him. We were free to roam the place as long as we checked in periodically. Since we "knew" somebody in Administration, we often got to meet dignitaries and celebrities at the Commissioner's Cottage.
 
The Park we visited the most often was Settlers Cabin Park. This may have been Dad's favorite because it became a County Park while Dad was with the department. It was a brand-new park, kind of wild and undeveloped. We lived in Crafton, so it was only a few minutes away. Dad became very good friends with the Park manager, who lived in the park, as well as the tenants on the farm which was part of park property. We spent a lot of time on weekends either in the park or on the farm.
 
As children and now as adults, the parks are a great asset for all of us."

The Allegheny County Parks Foundation is very grateful to the Voye family for creating this living legacy to James Voye by helping the Foundation realize its mission to preserve and improve all nine Allegheny County Parks. If you are inspired to honor a park lover, or to just show your gratitude for this valuable regional asset, we welcome your donation here: 

Tie up those running shoes and join us at Boyce Park! 
(There's beer at the end!)
Presented By

ALLEGHENY 9 BOYCE PARK
10K TRAIL AND ROAD RACE
APRIL 22   9 A.M.
BOYCE PARK POST-RACE BEER BREAKFAST

All ALLEGHENY 9 BOYCE PARK runners are invited to stay after the race and join us at the SKI LODGE for a FREE breakfast featuring hometown brews from our generous sponsor, 
Runners must be over-21 to enjoy the beer but everyone is welcome to participate in the breakfast. (Beer drinkers will be "carded" so come prepared!) No additional registration is required. Sign up for the fourth race in this all-parks series! 
Take your running to the next level

Join TEAM AWESOME!! 
Our team loves their Allegheny County Parks and shows it by participating in the 2017 Pittsburgh Marathon as charity runners. Any race is eligible, from the Pet Walk to the full Marathon. Look for us on by clicking on Pittsburgh Marathon website or call us at 724-327-7627. 
Save the Date 
Twilight Picnic For The Parks
Saturday, August 26
Hartwood Acres
Join us under a canopy of stars in a picturesque park for an evening of fine foods, drinks and entertainment as we celebrate and support all of our parks with the Allegheny County Parks Foundation. Watch this space for more details. 
Wildlife habitat work moves forward

Thanks to a generous donation from the
Peaceable Kingdom Fund at
The Pittsburgh Foundation , crucial work on providing and restoring wildlife habitats can begin in several Allegheny County Parks this year. We are grateful to this funding partner. 
Allegheny County Parks Executive Director Caren Glotfelty said these projects are crucial to the health of our parks system. "Restoring and maintaining natural environments in our parks is a crucial aspect of caring for them. But finding the resources to accomplish this work can be difficult. We are grateful The Pittsburgh Foundation shares this vision and has been so generous in providing the means for us to accomplish this important work," she said.  

Here are the projects that will benefit from this grant: 

Boyce Park - tree reforestation (2 acres);
Round Hill Park - construction of five farm animal shelters;
South Park - four wildlife habitat restoration projects: 
Catfish Run riparian habitat restoration at the park entrance and at the VIP/Ice Rink parking lot (6 acres total);
establishing a meadow adjacent to the Stone Manse (4 acres);
100 large tree plantings throughout the park.  
THE SECRET TO HAPPINESS? 
VOLUNTEER!!

See the happy smiles on these fun folks? They've discovered the thrill of volunteering for the Allegheny County Parks Foundation!! They joined us at The Allegheny 9 in North Park but we've got several 
fun ways to spend time doing good! Interested? Call us! 724-327-7627 or email:
 
Early morning volunteers
North Allegheny Drum Line

FREE AC Parks Trails App! 

Did you know the Allegheny County Parks have a FREE trails app that you can download to your Android or iPhone? All 9 parks are listed! 
It's called ALLEGHENY COUNTY PARKS TRAILS and it's free! It includes the trail name, difficulty, type and blaze color. 

See you on the trails! 
Board of Directors
James Mitnick, 
Chair
Richard (Rick) Rose, 
Treasurer
Thomas W. Armstrong
G. Reynolds Clark
Pat Getty
Laura Karet
John Mascaro, Jr.
Todd Owens
John Surma  
Ellen Still Brooks, 
Vice-Chair
Sally McCrady,  Secretary
Chester R. Babst, III
Carol R. Brown
Karen Wolk Feinstein
Jonathan Kersting
Nancy Knauss
Daniel A. Onorato
Margaret M. Petruska

     
Ex Officio:
Rich Fitzgerald, John DeFazio, William McKain, Andy Baechle, Stephen Shanley, Caren Glotfelty

Allegheny County Parks Foundation | 724-327-7627 | info@acparksfoundation.org  | www.acparksfoundation.org
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