The Parks Conservancy would like to invite fellow park lovers to a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, October 26 at 9:30am to celebrate the beginning of a comprehensive trail and signage improvement project in the parks. We’ll meet up in the Lower Frick parking lot off Lancaster Avenue in Regent Square and be joined by representatives from the offices of Senators Bob Casey and Arlen Specter and Representative Mike Doyle. Rep. Doyle and Sen. Specter were instrumental in securing the $3.1 million federal grant that has made the project possible.
The support of our donors has also helped move the project forward substantially. In order to release the federal funds, the Parks Conservancy needed to raise a percentage of matching funds from the community. Foundations, individuals, and the corporate community helped us raise over $498,000, releasing nearly $2 million in federal funds!
Construction crews will begin work shortly on trails in lower Frick Park. Other projects will begin along Butler Street on the north end of Highland Park and on the Bob Harvey and Mairdale Trails in Riverview Park. Work on Schenley Park, including the restoration of the Works Progress Administration-era bridges in Panther Hollow, begins next spring.
Shortly after the trail work begins, crews will also begin installing about 100 new signs throughout the four regional parks to improve wayfinding and educate users about the parks. In addition to directional signage, interpretive signs will provide information about park history, wildlife, and restoration projects that have improved the parks.
Once work begins, the trail and signage project should take about 10 months to complete. The Conservancy’s Department of Management and Maintenance and the City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works will pay increased attention to these newly restored landscapes, monitoring them for maintenance issues and assigning Urban EcoStewards to care for them.
We’d love to see you at the groundbreaking on the 26th if you’d like to learn more about this exciting project!