We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives. 
John F. Kennedy
To our supporters: 

At every turn this year we reached out to you for help and your generosity showed us how important the Allegheny County Parks are to your quality of life. Your support has led to 100 new trees in Boyce Park, chimney swift habitat towers in North, South and Boyce Parks with all the parks getting them next year and an action plan to improve and preserve the ecology of South Park. 900 park visitors stopped to take our survey this summer, a project that will help us shape a new era for the entire Allegheny County Parks system. Your support is helping us make meaningful and sustaining improvements in our parks and is laying a foundation for generations to follow. Whether you liked us on Facebook, sent a big check, or for anything in between, we THANK YOU! 
If you would like to join us as a first-time supporter please consider making a donation to our 2016 Year-End Giving Campaign. Use the link on our logo above. I am pleased to share that our Board Members have contributed to a special fund that will match new and increased gifts until the fund is depleted.
                                           Caren Glotfelty, Executive Director
From Left: Ron Schipani, Capital Projects Manager; Barbara Brewton, Development and Project Manager; Caren Glotfelty, Executive Director; Sue Kernick, Office Adminstrator; Carole Smith, Communications and Marketing Manager .
December News & Updates
Meet some of the folks from the agencies and organizations that keep the Allegheny County Parks Foundation humming throughout the year. 

TEAM ACPARKS FOUNDATION  has received generous funding support from the corporate, government and foundation communities throughout 2016 for projects, events and planning. We are grateful that the organizations listed below share our mission of preserving and improving the 9 Allegheny County Parks for generations to enjoy. 
Allegheny County
Allegh eny County Conservation District
Allegheny Foundation
Allegheny Health Network
American Eagle Outfitters Foundation
Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, The Preferred Realty
Best Feeds Garden Center
Colcom Foundation
Eat'n Park Hospitality Group
Flaherty & O'Hara, P.C.
Fleet Feet Sports, Pittsburgh
Friends of South Park
GAI Consultants, Inc.
Giant Eagle, Inc.
Go Ape
Grable Foundation
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
Houston Harbaugh, P.C.
IBEW Local Union No. 5
Jewish Healthcare Foundation
Katherine Mabis McKenna Foundation
La Roche College
Lennon, Smith, Souleret Engineering, Inc.
MW WorkWear

NexTier Bank
NuGo Nutrition
OTB Bikeworks, Inc.
PA Department of Environmental Protection
PNC Charitable Trust
PNC Foundation
Rachel Carson Trails Conservancy
Range Resources Corporation
Richard King Mellon Foundation
Rivertowne Brewing
S&T Bank
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Sippel Steel Fab
Social Media Information, LLC
Squaw Run Garden Club
Strada Architecture LLC
The Burke Foundations
The Garden Club of Allegheny County
The Heinz Endowments
The Mascaro Family Foundation
The Pittsburgh Foundation
Thrivent Financial
UPMC Health Plan
Victor & Anna Mae Beghini Charitable Foundation
Vincentian Academy
Wexford Ale House

L to R: Paul Trusty and Max Bader, Senior Rangers, Elise Cupps, Education and Outreach Coordinator and Amanda Lobdell, Ranger. 
Braden Meiter, Lead Supervisory Ranger

The Allegheny County Ranger program has exploded in popularity since they began working in our region in 2015.  
Especially popular are their outreach programs, which are interesting and informative experiences for schools and groups from pre-school age to senior citizens. They offer in-park programming or will travel to a school or facility. They increased the number of people they taught this year through their outreach program by 3,800!  
Having these informative and friendly ambassadors in our parks improves your park experience and makes our job easier! 
Check the Allegheny County Parks Activities Guide for their schedule.
L to R: Jesse Smucker, Marah Vecenie, Ben Adams, Jeff Bergman (driving), Brian Crooks, Brian Charles, Celene Colbert (DCNR).

We've kept our partners at the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy busy this year with activities that will lead to major improvements in our parks. 
They've completed two ecological assessments - in Boyce Park and South Park - which give us a detailed snapshot of the flora and fauna and environmental issues in our parks. Based on their findings and recommendations - and with their help - we planted more than 100 landscape trees in Boyce, where we have also set in motion the first steps of a demonstration meadow, which will be planted next spring. 
We are grateful for their expertise and look forward to another busy year in 2017!  
Pictured at one of our first Chimney Swift habitat towers in North Park are from L: Andy Baechle, AC Parks Director; William McKain, AC Manager; Jim Bonner, Executive Director, ASWP; County Executive Rich Fitzgerald; Caren Glotfelty, ACParks Foundation Executive Director; Brian Shema, ASWP Operations Manager.

Our chimney swift habitat tower project was - and continues to be - a formidable undertaking. And collaborating with Allegheny County Parks and the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania has made it possible. 
Chimney swifts are beneficial birds because they eat up mosquitoes and other nuisance insects while on the wing. But their numbers are down in our region due to a loss of their natural habitat of trees and chimneys as our suburban communities get larger and we practice modernized heating methods. 
When ASWP set out to commemorate their centennial in 2016, they set a goal of installing 100 chimney swift habitat towers and turned to the Allegheny County Parks Foundation for funding help. Through generous grants from the Peaceable Kingdom Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation, ASWP  and a matching grant from Allegheny County,  towers have been installed in North, South and Boyce Parks by ASWP and AC Parks. The remainder will be installed before the swifts migrate back to the region in April.  For more information, click here
From L: Elise Cupps, Ranger; Tom Merrick, Pool and Ski Slopes Manager; Sean Lucas, Office Clerk; Rick McIntyre, District Recreation Supervisor, Boyce; and Terra Tomsic, Assistant Manager, Pool and Slopes. 

Many thanks to Rick McIntyre, District Recreation Supervisor at Boyce, who gave the Allegheny County Parks Foundation a warm welcome when we came calling for office space a few years back. Since then he and his staff has been generous and accommodating - both inside our shared offices in the Administration Building at Boyce and outside, when we asked for help planting trees and setting aside land for a demonstration meadow. They are the perfect definition of "neighbors" and make it possible for ACPF to do our jobs! 
(Not pictured: Linda Cavalancia, Office Clerk; Tony Mangretta, Asst. Deputy Director, Maintenance Operations; and seasonal laborers, Mike Pantone, Dan Monstrola, Brandon O'Hara.)

Caren Glotfelty @NAEC Annual Meeting 

ACPF Executive Director Caren Glotfelty was the guest speaker at the annual meeting of the North Area Environmental Council. The council's mission is to  support, promote, and foster quality of life in the North Hills community through the protection and improvement of a healthy and biologically diverse local environment.  In support of its mission NAEC engages in ecological restoration projects, land conservation, education, advocacy, and scientific research. 
Caren's presentation detailed improvements ACPF has made in several parks and gave an update on the completion of the North Park Lake Trail improvement project, called "Love the Loop." For more details of her presentation, see NAEC's latest newsletter here
Ice fishing on North Park Lake
Share your photos! 

We'd love to share any wintry wonderland photos you've taken of our 9 Allegheny County Parks with our newsletter audience! Show us how you're enjoying the parks during the cold months - and inspire us all to get outside!! 
Send them to:   cpsmith@acparksfoundation.org  

James Mitnick, 
Richard (Rick) Rose, 
Thomas W. Armstrong
G. Reynolds Clark
Pat Getty
Laura Karet
John Mascaro, Jr.
Todd Owens
John Surma  
Ellen Still Brooks, 
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

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