Explore the latest in parks news below.


covid-19 global health emergency 

Most recently, the City of Pittsburgh has closed all basketball, tennis and pickleball courts, as well as playgrounds, fields and overlooks to further enforce the physical distancing rules necessary to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Additionally, as stated by Governor Wolf, please wear a mask if you leave your home. Masks help keep those wearing them from sharing illnesses.

Learn how to make your own mask using materials you have at home. 

Visit the Parks Conservancy COVID-19 webpage for more updates throughout the month of April. 

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parks are here for you 

These are stressful times. Parks are a healthy way to deal with the uncertainty that may be arising due to the coronavirus. Here are four easy ways to safely enjoy the parks, with physical distancing:

  • Walk Your Furry Friend
  • Hike Your Favorite Trail
  • Explore the Urban Forest
  • Get In Your Daily Steps


brea schmidt offers a parents' perspective to covid-19

"And while getting out of the house looks a little different now … it’s not taking the kids to a playground, or a Saturday-morning soccer game, or a family day at the zoo … it CAN be a trip to my back porch or back yard or a safe-social-distancing trip to a park — to simply take some time to recenter. To calm my mind. To find the pause."


celebrating 50 years of earth day

Join us on our social media channels for an interactive digital Earth Day celebration on Wednesday, April 22. Together, we will celebrate Earth Day from the comfort of our homes with:
  • Nature In Your Neighborhood 
  • Q&A with a Parks Conservancy Naturalist 
  • Story Time with Amber, Parks Conservancy Naturalist Educator 

Stay tuned and follow us on social media @pittsburghparks for more information. 


parks make an impact

The Parks Conservancy received a mini-grant from the Jewish Federation and Vibrant Pittsburgh to support the production of Pittsburgh Parks Welcome You, a series of five videos featuring members of Pittsburgh’s immigrant and refugee communities welcoming newcomers and non-native English speakers to the city’s parks and introducing these public green spaces as free and accessible to all.

Learn more about Bishnu and what Pittsburgh's parks mean to her!


aeo foundation pledges support to young naturalists  

The American Eagles Outfitters Foundation awarded the Parks Conservancy's Young Naturalist Program a $10,000 grant to support this five-week-long paid internship for high school students. The program focuses on environmental stewardship, team building, developing a conservation ethic, and learning about careers in the environmental field. This serves as an opportunity to bring together teens from neighborhoods across the city who share a common interest in the environment. Thank you to the American Eagle Outfitters Foundation for its dedication to environmental education. Gt Involved


follow us on social media

To access unique photos from your fellow park lovers and the latest information on park projects, follow the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. You can also follow the Schenley Plaza and Frick Environmental Center pages on Facebook. Have a photo you'd love to share with us? Tag @pittsburghparks or use #pittsburghparks.