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Meet Joey-Linn Ulrich
our new Executive Director

The board of directors of the Allegheny County Parks Foundation has announced Joey-Linn Ulrich as the new executive director of the Foundation after a year-long executive director search following the retirement announcement of Caren Glotfelty in June of 2021.

Joey-Linn, a native Pittsburgh resident, has over 25 years serving in the nonprofit sector with a significant amount of that time working in organizations that connect people with the outdoors. She is excited to continue work in this sector as the incoming executive director for the Allegheny County Parks Foundation.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Joey-Linn Ulrich to the Parks Foundation and look forward to working with her as we continue to partner with the Parks Foundation to make projects happen across our parks system,” said County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. “We appreciate Caren’s work and wish her great enjoyment in her retirement.”

Ulrich has most recently served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Mon Valley Initiative and, prior to that, served as the executive director of Economic Development South. In these roles, she is most proud of her work in helping to address healthy food access by ensuring the Produce Marketplace, a nonprofit grocery store located in Clairton, continued growth as a new model for healthy food access. She also served as the executive director of Venture Outdoors and spent six years with the Girl Scouts organizations where she advanced efforts in outdoor recreation and education for program participants as well as lead efforts to improve the business and technology components of each organization to support new program growth.

“We are excited to have Joey-Linn join us, and we are confident that her values, experience and love of the outdoors will enable the Parks Foundation to continue its key role of working with the County to implement meaningful projects that enhance our great county park system,” said Chip Babst, chair, Allegheny County Parks Foundation board of directors.
Park 'til Dark & Pour at the Park
North Park, October 15th
We had a blast seeing you all at Park 'til Dark! Thank you to all our guests, vendors, partners and sponsors who took part in our recent all-day-and-into-the-night extravaganza in North Park. We hope you enjoyed the free recreation and learned something new while exploring your park!

Capping a full day of free fun in the park, the annual Pour at the Park beer and food tasting drew a happy crowd to North Park on a beautiful fall evening. The tastings featured a variety of local brews + bites.

Thank you to everyone who bought a ticket and donated to these events. Proceeds will be used in projects throughout all nine Allegheny County Parks.
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Boyce Park Tree Planting

100 native trees and shrubs were planted in Boyce Park this past month thanks to the generous support of The Peaceable Kingdom Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation. The Parks Foundation has been executing tree plantings throughout the spring and fall to improve and increase habitat for wildlife and to promote reforestation.

This area in Boyce Park was chosen in a conscious effort to increase the amount of urban forest in Allegheny County, which is decreasing rapidly due to development. Thank you to the incredible volunteers from Koppers for your help in making another tree planting a success.
Crown Castle Awards the Parks Foundation with Grant for Tree 2023 Plantings in South Park

Crown Castle has awarded the Parks Foundation with a $10,000 grant to complete more tree plantings in South Park in 2023. Crown Castle chose the Allegheny County Parks Foundation as a partner because the Foundation exemplifies a pillar of the company’s Connected by Good program, Improving Public Spaces. Funding from the company will help plant trees and provide needed environmental upgrades in South Park. The tree plantings will be done in partnership with Crown Castle employee volunteers.
Sculpture Garden in the Fall

The Carol R. Brown Sculpture Garden at Hartwood Acres is looking incredible as landscaping continues to grow in and the leaves begin to change. The Sculpture Garden is our region’s newest landmark destination, offering a valuable opportunity for education, art appreciation and casual strolling in a sustainable landscape setting.

Want to see our largest project to date for yourself?! Visit the Carol R. Brown Sculpture Garden and click here as you walk around for more information on all the sculptures!
Foundation News
Former Executive Director Caren Glotfelty Recognized as Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania

Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf recognized 11 women as this year’s Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania, highlighting their extraordinary achievements and contributions to the commonwealth at an event at the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg on Wednesday. Among these 11 remarkable women was our very own Caren Glotfelty, who retired and ended her tenure as executive director just this week.

“Pennsylvania Distinguished Daughters have a long history of going above and beyond to lead in tough times and find ways to meet the needs they see in their communities,” said Governor Wolf. “The commonwealth is proud to claim each of these women as our own, as each of their stories reflect Pennsylvania’s rich past and herald the promise of a bright future.”

Congratulations, Caren and thank you for your work to conserve, protect and improve the environment for nature and people for the past 50 years.
Ways to Support
Giving Big to the Parks Foundation this Giving Tuesday!
The biggest giving day of the year is quickly approaching! We know you have a lot of choices when it comes to supporting an organization on Giving Tuesday, but we hope you will remember the Parks Foundation when you make your impact on our community by making a gift this Giving Tuesday.
Save on Amazon Prime and Support the Parks Foundation!
Every Amazon purchase earns the Parks Foundation cash!

Please 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 or at 724.327.7627.
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