We’ve Only Just Begun: Get Ready For A Big Parks Year

Last year was big for Pittsburgh’s parks.

All year long Parks staff tended park gardens, monitored for threats like Asian longhorned beetle, taught learners of all ages, raised important funds needed to restore much-loved spaces and monuments, worked closely with communities across the city, and so much more.

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While we do love reminiscing, we’re much more jazzed for the new year. 2016 is poised to be tremendous. Check out these big numbers below to see why the new year — our 20th! — in the parks is going to be so exciting.

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This year, you’ll be seeing the 15,618 new trees, flowers, bulbs, and shrubs that Parks Conservancy staff and volunteers planted in 2015 making your parks healthier and even more beautiful.

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What could you have done with the 6,663 hours that Parks Conservancy educators spent teaching young learners in 2015? You could watch the new Star Wars movie almost 3,000 times, or listen to Stairway to Heaven 50,000 times! These many hours will be the foundation that students will build on to learn even more about the natural world this coming year.

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This year, four fabulous park places are undergoing major transformations. Look forward to the unveiling of the new Frick Environmental Center, the restored Westinghouse Memorial and Pond in Schenley Park, the renovated Cliffside Park, and continued restoration of the Panther Hollow Watershed. Also, get excited for big things on the horizon for Allegheny Commons, Arsenal and Leslie, McKinley, Sheraden, and other community and neighborhood parks around Pittsburgh!

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Join us in the celebration of our 20th anniversary! We’re ecstatic and honored to be celebrating two decades this year, and looking forward to continue working to make your parks some of the best in the nation.

Why not make a resolution to visit 12 regional parks in 12 months as part of DCNR’s #My12Parks campaign? Find a map of your local parks here to get started!
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VIDEO: Great Cities Deserve Great Parks

Pittsburgh’s phenomenal parks truly put our city among the best in the country.

Need a reminder of how great your parks really are? Watch them in action here:

Thank you for being a friend of parks this year! Want to help make 2016 an even better year for parks? Click here to make a tax-deductible year-end gift.

Your support helps to kick off a big year for parks. We look forward to celebrating the opening of the new Frick Environmental Center; unveiling a completely renovated Cliffside Park; refurbishing the Westinghouse Memorial; our 20th anniversary; and so much more in 2016. We’re so honored and happy to be celebrating it all with you in Pittsburgh’s wonderful parks.

Happy New Year from all of us at the Parks Conservancy!

2014 in 70 Seconds

Pittsburgh’s parks are places to grow, be ourselves, meet new friends, spend time with loved ones, and experience unique spaces.

You gave so much to your parks in 2014. In turn, the parks gave so much back.

Join us in reliving some of this year’s highlights with this super short and very sweet video:

Thanks for sharing your year in the parks with us. We can’t wait for all that 2015 will bring.

Happy New Year!

Click here to grow your parks in the new year with a gift to the Parks Conservancy.