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: