Because of your generosity......
The Allegheny County Parks Foundation completed important projects in 2015 that increased our parks' safety, accessibility and sustainability. Take pride in your role in this list of accomplishments:
Improvements were made to the Ingomar Road section of the popular Lake Trail to increase the safety around the shoulder of the heavily traveled roadway. In a separate project, a path was constructed along the lake shore, anchored at the Babcock Boulevard and Ingomar Road "Gateway" that included the restoration of the Babblebrook picnic shelter. An accessible path to the lake was also added from the shelter for fishing and to a rain garden planted with native species.
The recreational ball fields, football field and track at the Fairgrounds Oval were restored in 2015, and the deteriorated bleachers were replaced. New native plantings were added on the slopes of the oval, greatly enhancing the attractiveness of this setting.
Partnering with the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, the Parks Foundation produced an Ecological Assessment and Action Plan that surveyed and analyzed ecological conditions in Boyce Park and made strategic recommendations for best management approaches and improvement projects. First up is the planting in 2016 of 100 new landscape trees in the park! This collaborative effort is expected to serve as a template for similar projects in the other eight County parks.
Round Hill Park
Two attractive permanent metal shade structures were installed this spring at the Round Hill Park playground and spray park that provided much-needed relief from the hot summer sun for children and their caregivers. And before the year is out, eight benches and five trash receptacles will also be installed.
Settlers Cabin Park
This year saw the completion of the first phase of a trail project that connects Settler's Cabin Park in the western section of the county to the Panhandle Trail spur of the Montour Trail. The Montour Trail is a rail-trail that extends from Coraopolis to Clairton and joins the Great Allegheny Passage trail from Pittsburgh to Washington, DC.
Looking ahead to 2016.....
The Allegheny County Parks Foundation has launched an ambitious Chimney Swift Habitat Project, in conjunction with the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania, for all nine Allegheny County Parks.This is the largest habitat restoration project for these birds in the country. Look for more information in our next newsletter!