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Learn about your 2022 Impact!
One of our New Year's Resolutions in 2023 is to share more engaging content on our blog. To start off the year we have a very important article highlighting the impact we made together in 2022. We are so proud of this work and are so grateful for your contribution! Read it now!
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We just started #parktourtuesdays on our social media accounts!
This January we started a new series on our social media accounts to help connect you to different, amazing spots in your 9 Allegheny County Parks.

Congratulations!
Rich Fitzgerald is Pittsburgh Magazine's Person of the Year

We would like to extend our warmest congratulations to Rich Fitzgerald on being named Pittsburgh Magazine's Pittsburgher of the year in 2022 and for his commitment to improve Allegheny County's 9 great parks! Read it now!
Project Updates
Riparian Buffer Restoration
North Fork Pine Creek

Work is currently underway in North Park to restore riparian buffer and eroded streambank along approximately 2,600 linear feet of the North Fork of Pine Creek downstream of Walter Road. This project builds upon work that was previously completed in 2018 upstream from the project site. The stream bank will be stabilized with stone armoring interplanted with new vegetation. Restoration of the riparian buffer will incorporate removal of invasive species and planting of native trees, shrubs, and meadow to promote soil stability, filter nonpoint source pollutants and reduce stormwater runoff and flooding, and provide food and habitat for wildlife. An EPA 319 Watershed Implementation Plan for the Pine Creek Watershed identifies riparian buffers as an important restoration effort to reduce sediment and nutrients and to mitigate flooding of downstream communities. The project is being funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, The Colcom Foundation, and Allegheny County.
Avian Count Update
In habitats across the world, birds face challenges caused by climate change and human actions. The United States and Canada have lost more than three billion birds in the past 50 years, but there's some good news in a few of your parks! Thanks to funding from The Pittsburgh Foundation’s Peaceable Kingdom Fund, we were able to determine in 2022 that bird visits and bird diversity have increased after habitat improvement projects were installed at three of the four monitoring sites in South Park and Boyce Park. Baseline counts were performed in 2018-2019 at these sites prior to the improvement projects. Thanks to this support, the Parks Foundation was also able to perform baseline counts for two additional sites, one in Settlers Cabin Park that was reforested and one in Hartwood Acres Park that was converted to a meadow. These baseline studies will help us monitor avian counts in the future! The counts were performed by the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania.
Events
Save the dates for our 2023 events! Details and ticket information will be available soon.
In the Parks
SnowFest is February 4th!
Boyce Park is hosting SnowFest again this year from Noon-4:00 this upcoming Saturday! This awesome event will feature Mini-Junior Olympics Ski & Snowboard races, the 7th Annual Cardboard Box Snow Tubing Derby, DJ Mocknbird and more! All proceeds benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.
Bird Count in Harrison Hills
On Saturday February 18th, from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm the Friends of Harrison Hills will open the Environmental Learning Center and participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count. Stop in to learn how to use the Merlin Bird ID app and meet experienced Friends willing to help you learn to observe, identify and report findings.  We will be inside the Environmental Learning Center counting the birds as they feed at our feeders and perch in the surrounding trees. Learn more!


February Park Ranger Calendar
Learn more and register for the events listed below HERE!
Full Moon Hike
February 4, 6:00-7:30 pm
Settlers Cabin
Dek Hockey Rink Parking Lot

Guided Hike: Winter Trees
February 12, 1:00-2:30 pm
White Oak
Administration Building Parking Lot

Hiking Highlights: Northern Parks
February 22, 12:15-12:45 pm
Virtual Program

Intro to Snowshoeing
February 2 and 16, 9:30-11:00 am
February 5, 7:30-9:00 pm
Boyce Park Four Seasons Activity Center
$10 Adults & $5 Kids 5-10

Junior Ranger: Winter Animals
February 25, 10:00-11:00 am
Round Hill
Visitors Center

The Moon
February 8, 6:00-6:30 pm
Virtual Program

Nocturnal Animals Encounter
February 26, 1:00-2:00 pm
North Park
Rose Barn
$5 per person, Kids under 4 are free

Owl Prowl
$5 per person, Kids under 4 are free

February 10, 6:00-8:00 pm
Hartwood Acres
Middle Road Parking Lot

February 11, 6:00-8:00 pm
Deer Lakes Park
Anglers Shelter

February 18, 6:00-8:00 pm
South Park
Ice Rink Parking Lot

February 19, 6:00-8:00 pm
Boyce Park
Soccer Fields Parking Lot


Ways to Support
Make a Donation in Honor of
Someone Special this February!
Put your passion where your park is by making a donation in honor someone you care about with a gift that provides support to Allegheny County’s parks. If your gift is in honor of someone special and you wish for them to be notified of your gift, you can provide their home or email address. A note from the Allegheny County Parks Foundation will be sent to them informing them of your gift. Donate now!
Last Month to Save on Amazon Prime and
Support the Parks Foundation!
Every Amazon purchase earns the Parks Foundation cash!

This is the last month of Amazon Smile so if you want to give back while you shop before it's too late just select the Allegheny County Parks Foundation as your charity of choice on Amazon Smile. All your shopping pays off with a donation to your parks!

For more information, please contact Caitlin Harpster, Individual Giving Manager at charpster@acparksfoundation.org or at 724.327.7627.
Boyce Park | Deer Lakes Park | Harrison Hills Park | Hartwood Acres Park
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