Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

May E Newsletter

honoring loved ones through perennial plantings 

It's not too late to show your parks and that special person in your life some love this Mother's Day!

Whether it's your mom, motherly figure, or someone on your mind, let them know that you're thinking of them with a gift of perennial plantings in one of your amazing parks.

Year after year, park perennials bring bold, bright colors to gardens and woodlands. Planted by Parks Conservancy staff and volunteers, park flowers make for unique gifts this Mother's Day.

Click here to purchase your gift now!

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the return of picnic in your park presented by pnc 

Have you purchased your Picnic in Your Park baskets and boards? 

Don't miss out on this fantastic second annual event! This year, Picnic in Your Park will take place on Sunday, June 6, with an on-site pick-up location in beautiful Schenley Park.

Picnic in Your Park presented by PNC will once again provide park enthusiasts with the opportunity to support their cherished green spaces by enjoying a physically distanced picnic in their favorite park or from the comfort of their own backyard. We’re also introducing refreshed meal options, live entertainment, and a new ticket tier offering a delicious charcuterie board (available for pick-up only).

Click here to learn more and to purchase your baskets and boards!

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meet the visitor experience team 

The Pittsburgh Park Conservancy's Visitor Experience team works hard to care for Schenley Plaza, Allegheny Commons, Frick Environmental Center, Mellon Square, and more year-round! The team works endlessly to ensure that all park visitors enjoy a memorable and fun trip to their favorite park. They are committed to making sure your public spaces are a safe and welcoming place for all.

Click here to learn more about this team and how much they love the parks they care for!

celebrating 25 years of park improvement projects

As we celebrate 25 years of the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, we're also highlighting various park improvement projects completed throughout our history. This month, we will honor one of our most memorable restoration projects to date: McKinley Park! 

This 79-acre community park is a gathering place for the Beltzhoover neighborhood and the surrounding community. With the aid of local government and state funding, the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy led the project to restore this important community space. The 2013 revitalization of the entrance of McKinley Park in the Beltzhoover neighborhood reconnected the park to its users and its community.

Thank you to our partners at the City of Pittsburgh and to our generous supporters and volunteers for making projects like this possible!

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registration is open for our wellness walk series 

Join leader Donna Tarkett for a Wellness Walk Series in Frick Park. Each session will center on a quiet, slow-paced hike on wooded trails focused on using nature for wellness. The program will also cover psycho-education regarding scientific findings of using nature for mental health. Activities during the hike will engage participants by calling them into presence and focus on self and connection with nature. This program is geared toward adults.

Click here to register!

Interested in even more events and programs taking place in your parks throughout May? Click here to explore our complete lineup!

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combatting the covid-19 pandemic 

This spring, as we continue to combat the COVID-19 virus, your parks remain a wonderful place to spend time with friends, family, and loved ones safely year-round!

As of April 27, 2021, the CDC released new guidelines for vaccinated individuals. People who have received the COVID-19 vaccine can now safely enjoy time outdoors without wearing a mask. 

 Click here to learn more about our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, or click here to read the CDC's latest guidance. 

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take part in the emerald view park planning process 

Emerald View Park is a 250-acre regional park located in the City of Pittsburgh's Mount Washington, Duquesne Heights, and Allentown neighborhoods. Emerald View Park is the most recent addition to Pittsburgh's regional park system. The Emerald View Park Master Plan will be developed through a master plan process, led by our partners at the City of Pittsburgh, which includes community engagement, ecological review, and design of functional spaces.

Click here to learn more and to register for an upcoming virtual community planning meeting!

celebrate world migratory bird day

Many of the species that sing to us all summer have winter homes farther south in Central or South America. Some birds pass through, and some settle in for the summer. Whatever their destination, May is a time of year to see many species in your parks. World Migratory Bird Day celebrates the diversity of birds that live among us and a reminder of our ability to protect these animals as they travel extraordinary distances each year.

This Saturday, May 8, a series of activities will be hosted at the Frick Environmental Center in honor of World Migratory Bird Day!

Click here to learn more and to register!

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