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november parks news

The shorter, colder days of fall are a sure sign that winter is coming. They're also the reason why we're gifted such gorgeous autumns. Embrace the cooler days this month by visiting the parks and be rewarded with the vivid colors of the season.

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westinghouse memorial in schenley park reopened

On George Westinghouse's 170th birthday, a large crowd gathered to sing "Happy Birthday" and celebrate the grand reopening of the memorial dedicated to this great inventor. Now open to all, we welcome you to visit this wonderful park place.

>>Click here for photos from the grand reopening

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become a volunteer docent at the new frick environmental center

Share your love of the parks through a new volunteer opportunity at the Frick Environmental Center. Welcome visitors to the new Center and to Frick Park as a volunteer Building Docent. Attend the upcoming Docent Training to get started!

>>Click here to learn more and to sign up for the November 7th training

"Will you go out with us"?

opt outside in your parks on black friday

We'll be skipping the malls and playing in Pittsburgh's parks on Black Friday. Join the national movement to opt outside on November 25th. 

>>Explore a new Pittsburgh park on Black Friday! Click here to find one

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20th anniversary spotlight: mellon square

We're celebrating 20 years! Each month we're highlighting incredible park monuments, projects or spaces that we've gotten to work on over the years.

Since 1955, Mellon Square has been the green heart of Downtown Pittsburgh. After years of deteriorating conditions, a comprehensive $10 million restoration was completed by the Parks Conservancy in 2014. The project involved refurbishing the Square's signature fountains; reinstalling dramatic lighting; fresh landscaping; restoring the unique terrazzo; and adding 15% more public space with a new terrace over Smithfield Street. The new Mellon Square is garnering international attention, winning awards including The Docomomo 2016 Civic/Institutional Design Award of Excellence. This restoration not only delights thousands of weekly visitors, it has spurred dramatic economic development in the surrounding blocks.

>>Click here for more information about Mellon Square

happening in november

Urban EcoSteward Quarterly Training | November 5

Emerald Ash Borer: The Green Menace | November 5

Fall Fun: A Free Family Event | November 6

Frick Environmental Center Volunteer Docent Training | November 7

Urban EcoSteward Training: Invasive Plants | November 12

Full Moon Hike | November 15

Macroinvertebrate Monitoring Workshop | November 15, 16

Frick Environmental Center Guided Tour | November 17

Oakland Light Up Season | November 18

Turkey Tales: A Free Family Event | November 19

From Garbage to Garden: Composting for Kids | November 20

Opt Outside | November 25

Giving Tuesday | November 29   

Join us at upcoming volunteer events! See upcoming opportunities on the full calendar below.

see the full calendar

parks in the news

Renewal Of Westinghouse Memorial Would Make Inventor Proud | Pittsburgh Magazine

Restored Westinghouse Memorial Unveiled In Schenley Park | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Schenley Park’s George Westinghouse Memorial Gets Makeover | CBS Pittsburgh

Westinghouse Memorial Renewal Draws On Inventor's Legacy | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Let's Talk About Parks: Westinghouse Memorial | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Treemendous Autumn Leaves | Parks Blog

Emerald Ash Borer Decimating Region’s Ash Trees | CBS Pittsburgh

Let It Rain: In Midst Of 20th Anniversary, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Dives Into City’s Neighborhoods | Pittsburgh Magazine

Invasive Ash Borer Decimating Trees Locally And In State | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Creepy Critters In Pittsburgh's Parks | Parks Blog