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Calling all little ghosts and goblins! 👻 Get ready for a night of spine-tingling fun because Bump in the Night returns this October to Frick Park! After dusk, embark on a thrilling night hike with our naturalist educators through the mysterious woods, where you might encounter some spooky surprises along the way. After the forest fun, delight in a tasty marshmallow roasting over a campfire and pick your favorite pumpkin under the twinkling stars. ⭐

The event starts at dusk and is offered multiple weekends in October. Registration opens on Tuesday, October 3. Click the link below to learn more. 🎃

Thank you to Green Mountain Energy and Giant Eagle for generously sponsoring Bump in the Night.


With its crisp air and changing leaves, fall is truly the perfect time to discover a new hiking trail in the parks! Try out some of the trails below, or rediscover some of your favorites.

Click here to find all of our park trail maps.

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Nine Mile Run

Park: Frick Park

Length: 2.8 miles

Why we Love it: This trail offers the chance to walk over beautiful bridges and boardwalks, and also provides scenic views of the Monongahela River.

Hidden Gem: View of the Mon from Duck Hollow

Map of Frick Park

Learn more about Nine Mile Run

Riverview Park Chapel Shelter

Bob Harvey Trail

Park: Riverview Park

Length: .72 miles

Why we Love it: Starting near the Chapel Shelter, this trail offers the ability to see many tree species, including the Hemlock Grove, Dogwood Grove, and White Ash Grove.

Hidden Gem: The peace, quiet, and wildlife found within the trail

Map of Riverview Park

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Panther Hollow Trail

Park: Schenley Park

Length: Lower Panther Hollow Trail (1.18 miles), Upper Panther Hollow Trail (.64 miles)

Whey we Love it: This trail offers gorgeous views of both Panther Hollow Lake and Panther Hollow Bridge.

Hidden Gem: The wildlife at Panther Hollow Lake

Map of Schenley Park

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✨ Taste the Magic of Mellon Park! ✨

Introducing Mellon Park Blend, our latest collaboration with Commonplace Coffee! Enjoy the vibrancy of Mellon Park in every sip. Proceeds benefit the restoration and stewardship of your beloved parks. This blend is available in-store and online at commonplacecoffee.com through November 21. Get it before it's gone! ☕

While hiking the trails and sipping on our Mellon Park Blend, be sure to carry it along in one of our insulated coffee mugs.


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🍻 Meet your Next Community of Park Lovers 🍻

Get ready to join a budding group of park stewards and gain access to an entire calendar year of exclusive events with the introduction of The Leadership Grove, our newest community of emerging park donors! 

We’re offering a brand-new opportunity to meet like-minded individuals dedicated to caring for the parks. At the same time, you gain access to exclusive perks, such as full moon hikes, networking events, capital project tours, group volunteer programs, and more! 

We’re making first-time donorship accessible for everyone, with levels starting at just $50 annual contributions! For the price of dinner and drinks you can join a network of fellow nature lovers and give back to the parks you love.  

Don’t miss your chance to join the club! Benefits start in 2024, so join today!  


🌳 Become a Canopy Keeper Today!

The Canopy Keepers are tree lovers dedicated to seeing the urban forest thrive for generations to come. When you become part of the Canopy Keepers, our horticulture team can continue planting new trees in areas of need, plus; care for existing mature trees, research tree species that will thrive in our changing environment, and monitor and trap invasive pests. 

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Experience the Parks in the Fall 

Parks Rx is a collaboration between the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. The program offers creative ways for families to stay active in the parks all year. Park activity sheets make it easy for families to plan fun and healthy outings and can be found on our Parks Rx page below. Find new ways to explore the parks this fall! 🏃‍♀️🤸‍♀️🏃♿


A More Sustainable Approach to Garden Maintenance 

As the cold arrives in Pittsburgh, you may have noticed that perennials are not removed from your favorite park gardens. That's because our Horticulture and Forestry team implements sustainable land care practices to reduce the impact of standard landscaping on our environment. Instead of cutting back and removing perennials in advance of the winter season, we have transitioned to a more sustainable method of leaving the plants throughout the winter months. Read about the practice in our blog post below! 🌻

Sustainable land care efforts are generously supported by the EQT Foundation. 

 Book your Holiday Party in the Parks!

Whether it's a family gathering or a corporate event, Pittsburgh's parks are the perfect backdrop for your end-of-year festivities. Spaces are filling up quickly, so contact our event coordinator, Katie King, at kking@pittsburghparks.org to reserve your spot today! 🥂

There is plenty of fall fun to be had in our 🍂 Fall Program Guide! 🍂 Click here to get it delivered to your inbox. 

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