Because of YOU, we've had a banner year at the Allegheny County Parks Foundation! You helped us raise the resources to take on exciting new projects and move closer to finishing those already underway. We extend a heart-felt THANK YOU to all who demonstrated how important the Allegheny County Parks are to them by making a year-end donation to ACPF. Because of your support, 2019 promises to knock it out of the park!!!! (teehee)
2018 Highlights - A Year in Photos!
We welcomed 2018 by celebrating the exciting history of the Allegheny County Parks at our 90th anniversary symposium at the Heinz History Center. We ended the year by planting hundreds of new trees in South and Boyce parks. In between we hosted thousands of guests at our spectacular Indian Hill meadow and took steps for improvements in several other parks. Check out the highlights below!
90th Anniversary of the Allegheny County Parks
Ecological upgrades discussed for Pinkertons Run in Settlers Cabin Park
Pour at the Park South
Volunteers from Columbia Gas plant trees in South Park
Greeting the public at Garden and Landscape Marketplace with PSU Master Gardeners of Allegheny County
Announced the Cascades at Stone Manse reconstruction project in South Park
Full bloom at the Indian Hill Meadow in Boyce Park
Twilight Picnic For The Parks at Hartwood Acres
Pour at the Park North
Update on ecological assessment reports for Settlers Cabin and Hartwood Acres parks
Wendell August Forge repurposes Courthouse roof tiles to benefit ACPF
Elizabeth Forward Middle School students plant trees at Boyce Park with Allegheny County officials and Rangers
Join your friends at these exciting events in 2019 and benefit all Allegheny County Parks at the same time!
Volunteer Spotlight
My name is Ava Kobulnicky. I was chosen along with other Elizabeth Forward Middle School students to plant trees at Boyce Park. It was a very nice experience. I was partnered with a friend and we planted a lot of trees. It was a beautiful day in Boyce, and after we were all done planting trees, the place looked so nice. It is great to help the environment. The world is full of so many great things, and it is nice to see kids outside helping for a change.

Personally, I have always been interested in biology and ecology for almost my whole life. It was a great honor to join with the gifted and talented students for the day. I was so excited for biology class when I got to the eighth grade because I like to learn about nature, the ecosystem, how things react in nature, and the list keeps going. Being truthful, I just wanted to dissect something! I thought that would be cool. But I really enjoyed the trip and I can't wait to come back and see the trees years from now, where they will be thriving in the sunlight. They will stand big, tall, and proud to be there, just like the people who planted them!
Ava Kobulnicky, 13
She is in the 8th Grade at Elizabeth Forward Middle School
South Park
Green Design Parking Lot
We recently took the first step toward the construction of an innovative green parking alternative to one of the paved lots in South Park. The triangular, two-acre lot is located at the corner of Brownsville Road and Corrigan Drive adjacent to the Fairgrounds Oval. ACPF awarded a contract to Urban Rain Studio, DBA Ethos Collaborative, of East Liberty, to design the green parking lot. The lot will incorporate storm water management techniques to reduce the impact of storm water runoff to Catfish Run and will be landscaped to add aesthetic appeal to that section of the park. The designers see the public park setting as an opportunity for place-making and to inform the public of the environmental benefits of green storm water design. This design project is being funded in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and Allegheny County. 
Watch this space for updates!
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