Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

DCNR Public Meet
12:02 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

4-Year Plan From DCNR Looks for Public Feedback

Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) is working on a 4-year Recreation Plan, and Pittsburghers have a chance to comment on the ideas before it is implemented.

The DCNR with the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy will host an event to take public comments on Thursday October 9th at the Schenley Park Skating Rink.

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Storm Water Overflow
4:56 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

From Flooding to Meadows, Pitt Officials Begin Solving Storm Water Overflow Issues

Representatives from Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, ALCOSAN and the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, announced the construction of two green rain water management projects.
Credit Jessica Nath / 90.5 WESA

Instead of overflowing sewer systems and creating flooding, a new project will take rain water and use it to maintain a newly planted meadow in Schenley Park.

Officials from the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, ALCOSAN and the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) announced Thursday the construction of two green rain water management projects in the park in Oakland.

In 2008, the Environmental Protection Agency issued a consent decree to the Pittsburgh region to eliminate sewage contamination entering local rivers and streams.

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:16 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

60-Year-Old Mellon Square Returns As A Downtown Refuge

Credit Marcus Charleston / 90.5 WESA

When it opened in 1955, Mellon Square was the first garden plaza to be built on top of a parking garage, and the public flocked in to use it.

But despite efforts to renew the space over the decades, it started to fall into disrepair. Three years ago an effort to fully overhaul the one square block park was launched, and the ribbon will be cut once again Thursday morning.

"When we began the restoration here, literally hundreds of rats were running around the park,” said Phil Gruszka, parks manager of the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy.

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Essential Pittsburgh
3:28 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Getting Rid of Makeshift Dump Sites in Pittsburgh

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Parts of the city have been turned into makeshift dump sites and add to the problem of blight.

Allegheny CleanWays Project Coordinator Leah Thill and Jake Baechle, Volunteer Coordinator for the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy represent organizations working with volunteers to safely and effectively clean up these areas.

Thill says that people really do not understand how serious this problem is.

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Pittsburgh Parks
2:09 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Plans Improvements to Panther Hollow Watershed

Pittsburghers can remember boating, fishing and ice skating on Schenley Park’s Panther Hollow Lake in years gone by, but in recent years, storm water runoff has degraded water quality and filled the lake with silt. 

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy has developed plans to restore the 384-acre watershed.  

Panther Hollow Lake sits almost at the bottom of the watershed, according to Philip Gruszka of the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, so to dredge and make capital improvements to the lake without improving the watershed would not be sustainable.  

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11:04 am
Fri April 5, 2013

With Donations, Pittsburgh Group Hopes to Save Ash Trees from Voracious Beetle

The Emerald Ash Borer is an Asian beetle that arrived in the U.S. in 2002 through Detroit. With no natural predators, it may eventually kill most of the country’s ash trees, including Pennsylvania’s millions of native green and white species.

Philip Gruszka of the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy said government agencies, nonprofits and individual donors have given money for pesticide treatments to save 350 ash trees in county parks and 158 in city parks for use in a future breeding program. 

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