See what's happening in your parks this month

may parks news

The carousel is making its rounds in Schenley Plaza. The trees are thick with newborn leaves. The flowers are in bloom. What Spring does to Pittsburgh is absolutely magical. We hope you've had a chance to visit one of our parks recently and if not, we look forward to seeing you soon.
The month of May is a busy one for the Parks Conservancy. With the reopening of the northeast fountain in Allegheny Commons Park, the Spring Hat Luncheon, and the return of our Summer programming, our calendars—and our hearts—are full. More inspired than ever by our recent accomplishments and awards (check out Parks in the Newbelow), we are stepping into the new month with renewed energy, pride, and gratitude.

Thank you for your continued support of your local parks. Read on for Parks Conservancy news and updates. Click here to explore our events calendar.


hundreds of friends joined us for our annual earth day celebration in frick park

Frick Park was buzzing with activity on Saturday, April 27 for our annual Earth Day celebration. Though rainy conditions caused us to cancel the campfire the evening before (we were sad, too!), hundreds of our closest friends and supporters were able to explore what local vendors had to offer, enjoy naturalist-led walks and hikes, and partake in a variety of games.

Click here to view pictures of the event →


allegheny commons park welcomed the return of its northeast fountain

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, in partnership with the City of Pittsburgh, was thrilled to celebrate the grand reopening of the northeast fountain in Allegheny Commons Park on Thursday, May 2. Hundreds of Pittsburgh residents joined our President and CEO, Jayne Miller, and local dignitaries to commend the hard work and thoughtful planning that went into the fountain. Plans were also unveiled for the next phase of improvements coming to Allegheny Commons.

Click here for more information on the Allegheny Commons project →


local donors toasted to park renovations at the pnc pittsburgh parks conservatory spring hat luncheon

On Saturday, May 4, local donors and park lovers gathered at Allegheny Commons Park to enjoy the 2019 PNC Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Spring Hat Luncheon. This event honored our achievements in Allegheny Commons and other parks, and raised more than half a million dollars for future park projects.

Click here to see photos of the event →



the frick environmental center continues to make
national and international headlines

We are proud to share that the Frick Environmental Center was awarded the American Institute of Architects (AIA) COTE Top Ten Plus Award for its exemplary post-occupancy performance. The FEC was singled out as the only "Plus" award winner of the year. Since 2017, the FEC has won a dozen national and international awards for its design, construction, and post-occupancy performance. The FEC remains one of the greenest buildings in the world.

Click here to learn more about the FEC →


we are partnering with the ymca to encourage healthier lifestyles

In an effort to promote healthier and more active lifestyles, the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy has partnered with the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh to promote its six-week Summer Steppin' Member Challenge. Compete against your fellow YMCA members for a chance to win awesome prizes!

Click here to register for the challenge →

upcoming events

Frick Park After Dark
Join us every second Friday, May through October, for a 21+ event at Frick Environmental Center. Events begin at 6 p.m. and end at 9 p.m. Enjoy environmentally-friendly workshops, live music, and drinks. Tickets can be bought here. $25 tickets include two drinks.

Community Potluck and Biophilia Book Club
You're invited to the Frick Environmental Center for its quarterly community potluck dinner. After dinner, all are welcome to stay for a discussion on Florence Williams' book, The Nature Fix. More details and registration for the event can be found here.

Dancing in the Plaza
From traditional waltzes to blues and contra, you're sure to have a good time at Dancing in the Plaza, a free event held under the tent in Schenley Plaza every Wednesday night from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. No experience or partner necessary! Choose which Wednesday works best for you and register here.

BikePGH Bike to Work Day
Interested in keeping yourself and your planet healthy? Interested in free coffee and breakfast? Silly questions, we know. Join us on Friday, May 17 for Bike to Work Day, sponsored by BikePGH. Stop by a commuter cafe on this day for free breakfast. BikePGH members will also receive a free gift. Learn more about the event here.

AARP Park Ambassador Training
Join Venture Outdoors and Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy for a half-day of learning how to lead engaging and thoughtful walks through our parks. The training event will take place on May 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. You'll discuss trip-planning, risk management, engagement activities, and more. Lunch is included. Registration is free and can be completed here.

Hike with a Naturalist: Wildflowers Spread in Wild Ways
Join Naturalist Educator, Stephen Bucklin, on a hike on Sunday, May 19 to identify Spring wildflowers and see how they travel from place to place. The hike meets at the Frick Environmental Center at 10 a.m. Registration is required for this free event and can be completed here.

Project Bee Watch Volunteer Program
Project Bee Watch is a citizen science program that aims to better understand, manage, and protect our local pollinators. On Sunday, May 19, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy in partnership with Point Park University will train volunteers ages 12+ to survey designated meadows and collect data on pollinators throughout Allegheny County. You can register for this free event here.

parks in the news

Striving for Park Equity | Comcast Newsmakers
Parks Conservancy hosts Hat Luncheon | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
AIA COTE Names the Top 10 Green Buildings of 2019 | Archinect News
Top 10 Green Buildings for 2019 | Building Design + Construction
Historic Fountain Rebuilt on the North Side | 90.5 WESA
Allegheny Commons Park Has New Life in North Side | WPXI
Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Patrons Party | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Winners of Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence Celebrated | PA Environment Digest
PA Environmental Educators Announce Winners of 2019 Awards | PA Environment Digest

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