MARCH News & Updates
Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt. John Muir  
TEAM AWESOME Marathon Update

Zach and Alicia Wicks of Shaler have made a HUGE commitment to the Allegheny County Parks Foundation by running the 2016 Pittsburgh Marathon on May 1 on our behalf. They've enlisted two friends for a relay team and are pledging to raise $800 to directly benefit our North Park Lake Trail project.  

Zach's commitment actually dates back two years ago when he assessed his own fitness level and didn't like what he saw. "I've got to do something," he decided. So the environmental consultant started running. Now, he's 35 pounds lighter and several medals heavier after completing two half-marathons and lots of races in between. It's official; he's hooked!

He recruited Alicia, a dental hygienist and instructor at the University of Pittsburgh, to join his relay team. While completing the online application, he noticed that Team Awesome of the Allegheny County Parks Foundation was looking for runners. For the couple, who will be celebrating their fifth anniversary this summer, it was a no-brainer. "We love the parks. We run in North Park every weekend. After work on weeknights, I run in Hartwood Acres.  It made sense to run to raise money for the parks, and when I found out the Pittsburgh Marathon team benefits North Park, I was in," Zach said. Their good friends, Amy Holmgren and Chad Shinsky of Carnegie round out the relay team.

This year, funds raised by Team Awesome will directly benefit road improvements on the popular five-mile trail around North Park Lake. "Love the Loop" is an ambitious plan to make the heavily traveled stretch safer for the many visitors who use it, particularly by widening the roadway. Last spring the Parks Foundation completed improvements to the Ingomar Road section, and constructed a path along the lake shore anchored at Babcock Boulevard and the Ingomar Road "Gateway" that included the restoration of the Babblebrook picnic shelter. We also built an accessible path to the lake for fishing and added a rain garden with native species.

Inspired by Zach and Alicia's commitment? Love North Park? There's still time to register - for free!!

Collecting Stream Samples in Settler's Cabin Park

On a frigid February day, biologists from Trout Unlimited led the enthusiastic volunteer team of Board Member Rick Rose and Executive Director Caren Glotfelty into the waters of Pinkertons Run in Settler's Cabin Park to study aquatic life. They gathered samples at various points in the stream over the course of six hours to identify what is living in the waters and in what quantities. Added to the water flow and chemistry data collected during the past year, this biological data will provide an overview of the stream to help us gauge the outcome of a potential pollution remediation strategy that we hope to raise funds to implement. Since 2014, the Allegheny County Parks Foundation has teamed up with Trout Unlimited to study the environmental impact of pollution coming from old coal mines in the park, mitigate its effects to restore water quality and encourage the return of fish to Pinkertons Run. The Lotus Pond at neighboring Pittsburgh Botanic Gardens, which is situated on 430 acres near Settler's Cabin Park, is benefitting from a limestone treatment bed project to mitigate the acid mine drainage polluting it from coal mines that were established there many years ago. We hope to replicate the success of that project in Pinkertons Run.

Are there bears in the parks?

That's one question Executive Director Caren Glotfelty has never been asked before! Hear her answer on the TechVibe radio hour Friday, March 4 at 7 p.m. on KDKA AM. TechVibe is hosted by Pittsburgh Technology Council President and CEO Audrey Russo and Jonathan Kersting, Vice President, Communications and Marketing. Check our website soon for the  podcast! 


If you make a simple change to your AMAZON order - and it won't cost you one single penny - the Allegheny County Parks Foundation reaps the rewards! 
Click on the link below. Amazon Smile shows you how to designate the Allegheny County Parks Foundation as recipient of .5 percent of your purchase price. Of course we want you to buy local whenever possible, but for those things you can't buy in the 'Burgh, think of ACPF!!!

Our Board of Directors
James Mitnick, Chair
Richard (Rick) Rose, Treasurer
Thomas W. Armstrong
Bill Bates
G. Reynolds Clark
Pat Getty
Nancy Knauss
Daniel A. Onorato
John Surma 

Ellen Still Brooks, Vice-Chair
Sally McCrady, Secretary
Chester R. Babst, III
Carol R. Brown
Karen Wolk Feinstein
Jonathan Kersting
John Mascaro, Jr.
Todd Owens
Ex Officio:
Rich Fitzgerald, John DeFazio, William McKain, Andy Baechle, Stephen Shanley, Caren Glotfelty