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Thank you for loving your planet and your parks!
Thanks to the generosity of caring donors like yourself, we were able to raise $34,020.65, surpassing our goal of $30,000 for our parks in honor of Earth Month! We want to thank you for making an impact on our planet -- whether that be through a donation, by volunteering on a project or visiting one of your county parks, you helped make a difference this Earth Month! Thank you to North Park lovers Karen and Shawn Hanlon for matching all donations this April. Their generosity doubled your impact in your favorite park.

The success of this campaign provides crucial funds for important projects that improve your parks. With $34,020.65, the Allegheny County Parks Foundation has the resources to now plant 12 acres of new pollinator meadows which not only provide a beautiful view but attract important pollinators that have been declining; or restore 10 acres of canopy gap tree plantings essential to maintaining the health and vitality of our parks and region by removing air pollutants and supplying wildlife habitats; or construct up to 1/3 mile of a compacted earth trail promoting health and wellness, both physical and mental.

You can read more about our Earth Day Campaign in a letter from our Executive Director, Joey-Linn Ulrich on our May blog post!

P.S. Missed the campaign? It's never too late to show your compassion for your parks. Donate today.
Project Updates
Community input is needed on the proposed trail connection between South Park & White Oak Park

Creating trail connections between two Allegheny County Parks - South Park and White Oak Park - is possible but we need your help! The Allegheny County Parks Foundation, in partnership with Allegheny County, the municipalities of Clairton, Glassport, Jefferson Hills, McKeesport, South Park, White Oak and local trail groups, is leading the way to inter-connect existing portions of the Montour Trail, Steel Valley Trail and the Great Allegheny Passage. This effort focuses on introducing and creating realistic ways to combine existing assets created over the years while offering improved public safety, convenience and a quality experience on dedicated off-road and on-road investments. Take the brief survey!
Tree Plantings & Litter Clean-Ups

We had great volunteer tree plantings and litter clean-ups this month with hard working volunteers from Giant Eagle, Columbia Gas of PA, Nicholson Construction Company and FedEx Ground. A huge thank you to our partners at Tree Pittsburgh and your Allegheny County Park Rangers for all their hard work! See pictures!
Nevin Shelter Ribbon Cutting

Save the date for our ribbon cutting at the newly restored Nevin Shelter in South Park, which will take place on Friday May 19th at 10:00 am. Learn more about our Nevin Shelter project!
Events
Park 'til Dark & Pour at the Park | South Park
Saturday, May 20, 2023 | 7:30am - 8:30pm

Get your ticket for our annual craft beer fundraiser and/or register for FREE park activities!

We are hosting a full day of free, family-friendly activities for all ages, sizes and abilities.
Activities include:
  • Sunrise Yoga, led by South Hills Power Yoga
  • Walk & Learn for Older Adults, led by Venture Outdoors Again
  • Bankshot Basketball, Bocce Ball and Bagels with Special Olympics
  • Leisure Walk with the Western PA Blind Outdoor Leisure Development & Allegheny County Park Rangers
  • Farmers Market from 12-4 pm, with Bethel Park Farmers Market, live music, health & wellness tips from Highmark BCBS & more from community partners!
  • Mushroom Exploration with the Western PA Mushroom Club
  • Trail Running, with South Park Trail Runners
  • Dek Hockey Clinic, with Allegheny County
  • Forest Bathing Walk, with Dr. Doug, Certified Forest Therapy Guide
  • South Park Theatre and Garden Tour, with Penn State Extension & South Park Theatre
  • Pour at the Park, a fundraiser for the Allegheny County Parks Foundation

The day will be capped by our annual fundraiser featuring your favorite craft beers, wines, ciders and liquors, plus local food! Your ticket includes access to alcoholic and nonalcoholic drink tastings, a delicious assortment of foods, great raffles and live performances from Dave Shepherd followed by the Shelf Life String Band. Don't forget, Pour at the Park is family-friendly with kids activities led by Mad Science.

Confirmed Pour at the Park drink vendors
Dewey Beer
Blakes Hard Cider
The Open Road (non-alcoholic)
Lucky Sign Spirits Distillery
TLC Libations
Kingview Meadhouse & Winery
Maggies Farm Rum
Altered Genius Brewing Co.
Blume Honey Water (non-alcoholic)
Firewhistle Brewing
Quinn Brewing Company
Mindful Brewing
Steel City Beer
A Few Bad Apples
Bella Terra Vineyards
Fermata Brewing Company
Confirmed Pour at the Park food vendors

La Palapa
Driftwood Oven
ShadoBeni - Trinidadian Vegan Cuisine
And more!
Park 'til Dark & Pour at the Park South Park are presented by:
There are still some great sponsorship opportunities available for these events!
To learn more, please contact Barb Brewton at 412.606.9692 or bbrewton@acparksfoundation.org
In the Parks
PA Resources Council May Park Collections
Pennsylvania Resources Council is hosting weekday electronic-waste collections throughout May in South Park!
Pennsylvania Resources Council is also hosting a Household Chemical collection at the North Park Swimming Pool parking lot on May 6th from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm.
Friends of Harrison Hills Bird Hike
May Park Ranger Calendar
Learn more and register for the events listed below HERE!
Explore: Beaver Habitat
May 3, 5:30-7:00 pm
North Park
Skating Rink

May 3, 5:30-7:00 pm
South Park
Cottage Shelter

Guided Hike: Spring Migration
May 6, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Deer Lakes Park
Anglers Shelter

May 7, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Harrison Hills
Yakaon Shelter

Guided Hike: Wildflowers
May 7, 1:00-3:00 pm
Boyce Park
Carpenter Log House Parking Area

May 10, 6:00-8:00 pm
South Park
Forbes Shelter
Guided Walk: Sculpture Garden
May 8, 6:00-7:00 pm
Hartwood Acres
Mansion Parking Lot

Volunteer: Trail Project
May 31, 5:30-7:30 pm
Hartwood Acres
Mansion Parking Lot

Volunteer: Park Clean Up
May 31, 5:30-7:30 pm
Settlers Cabin
Waterfall Trail Trailhead




Ways to Support
Celebrate May by donating a bench in your favorite park!
If you want a meaningful way to improve the parks with a lasting impact then consider donating a bench! You can choose to honor a friend or family member, celebrate a special occasion or express gratitude with one of three models of comfortable, well designed benches. You can complete a Bench Inquiry Form on our donation page or contact Caitlin Harpster via email or at 724-327-7627 for more information. Bench Inquiry Form!


Pictured right is Emma who is enjoying a bench that was donated in honor of her father's 60th birthday!
Boyce Park | Deer Lakes Park | Harrison Hills Park | Hartwood Acres Park
North Park | Round Hill Park | Settlers Cabin Park | South Park | White Oak Park
Contact Us:
Allegheny County Parks Foundation | 675 Old Frankstown Road | Pittsburgh, PA 15239