A Monarch butterfly rests on Goldenrod in Harrison Hills Park in this early autumn photograph by Dave Brooke who frequents the park.
The Cascades at Stone Manse Restoration
Built in 1927, the Cascades water feature was created using stratified rock quarried from South Park. Designed by landscape architect Paul Riis, this series of waterfalls and wading pools became a summertime destination for families seeking respite from the heat of the city. The pools were closed in the 1970's due to water filtration issues and coincided with the opening of the always popular Wave Pool, giving swimmers a fun alternative.
In July, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced a partnership with the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation’s Operation Restore to bring the Cascades back to its original rustic beauty but with modern upgrades addressing accessibility and water treatment measures.
A crowdfunding campaign has been established by the Allegheny County Parks Foundation to help with the renovation costs. To learn more about the project, see a list of our partners and to donate, click HERE!
Purchase Allegheny County history
and support Allegheny County Parks Foundation at the same time!
412 Map
Beer flight
Courthouse image
The original tiles from the Allegheny County Courthouse are being replaced (for the first time in 130 years!) and Wendell August Forge has designed creative and desirable keepsakes. As an added bonus, the Allegheny County Parks Foundation will receive proceeds from the sale!
Take home a piece of history from this iconic building that is a valuable part of our region's history and help the ACPF make new memories in your Allegheny County Parks.
To see all eight tile options WAF has designed, click HERE!
Thanks to L.L. Bean, our MUSIC SPONSOR!
Thanks to REI. Awesome booth!
Who thought we could dodge the rain three years in a row, but we did it! It was a perfect way to say goodbye to summer while tasting some fine local brews and delicious bites. Thank you to all our patrons and mark your calendars for
POUR AT THE PARK SOUTH PARK on Friday, May 10, 2019
POUR AT THE PARK NORTH PARK on Friday, September 6, 2019.
In the meantime, visit our sponsors, who provide generous support!
Jack O'Lanterns Galore -
and so much more!
Act Now! Discount Tickets til Sept. 28
Looking for some Halloween fun? Check out "GLOW, A Jack 'O Lantern Experience" at Hartwood Acres Park from Oct. 4-28. Pre-sale tickets are discounted through Sept. 28. Use discount code: HARTWOODGLOWS to get 25 percent off price of admission. Discount does not apply to "any day" tickets.
Learn more about the event HERE!
Feeling adventurous?
Head out to North Park for a treetop adventure you'll never forget! Try a zip line, suspended obstacles and Tarzan swings! Head over to GoApe on Tennis Court Road and sign up for a 2-to 3-hour play date in the trees. And here's an incentive: use discount code ACPF18 to get 10 percent off, with half going to the Allegheny County Parks Foundation. Learn more HERE!
Hartwood Acres Park Ecological Assessment Update
The Allegheny County Parks Foundation and staff from Allegheny County Parks met with their partners at the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy at Hartwood Acres Park for an update on the Ecological Assessment and Action Plans currently underway in Hartwood and Settlers Cabin Park. The assessments serve as a snapshot of the ecological attributes of the park, including historical characteristics and conditions such as invasive species concentration. When complete, they will recommend areas for conservation, treatment, describe opportunities for connecting green spaces in Allegheny County and suggest spaces for planting meadows and trees. Final reports are expected to be completed by the end of the year.
The Hartwood Ecological Assessment and the Settlers Cabin Park Ecological Assessment are both funded by a generous grant from the Benedum Foundation. The Hartwood Acres report is also funded with a grant from the Garden Club of Allegheny County.
Previous assessments have been completed in Boyce Park and South Park and have led to improvements such as tree plantings and establishing a spectacular meadow in Boyce.
Thanks for visiting us at Hay Day!
See you at South Park Hay Day October 6.
Thanks to everyone who stopped by our table recently at Hay Day at Hartwood Acres Park. Thanks for your interest in our projects!
Visit us at South Park Hay Day on October 6 from noon to 4 p.m. and learn about everything going on at South Park! Tree and meadow plantings, Cascades restoration and more!
Mark your calendars:
Once a year, The Pittsburgh Foundation sets aside one day to shower the local nonprofit community with love. And by love we mean DONATIONS!
You'll be hearing a lot about the GIVE BIG PITTSBURGH campaign for the next two months and we're hoping in the clamor you'll consider a donation to the ALLEGHENY COUNTY PARKS FOUNDATION. We know you love your parks because you tell us and we hope you'll keep us on your radar when the excitement of the #GiveBigPittsburgh day takes hold! Find out more HERE!
Allegheny County Parks Foundation | 724-327-7627 | info@acparksfoundation.org | www.acparksfoundation.org