See what's happening in your parks this month
Image of the Mary Schenley fountain surrounded by holiday lights. Photo: Lindsay Dill


december parks news

Bracing for brisk winter days? Take some tips from Pittsburgh's birds. Their cold weather strategy? Spend time with friends, eat as much as possible, and spend time in the parks.
We hope that you get to enjoy the quiet of your parks with those you love this holiday season. Read on for ways to enjoy your parks in December, and for gift ideas that will make your holiday giving as easy as a walk in the park.

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give the gift of parks: shop our gift guide this holiday season  

This year, give the folks that you love the parks that you love. Shop our online gift guide and give someone special a PNC Carousel Season Pass, have a tree or daffodils planted in a loved one's honor, and more!

>>Click here to shop the gift guide

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family in town? tell them to take a hike (with us!)

The weather outside isn't frightful just yet, so spend December in your parks! Discover critters in leaf litter or search for signs of animal life on family friendly hikes; create gorgeous holiday wreaths while sipping wine at a 21+ evening event; bring your loved ones on our annual Christmas Eve hike, and more.

>>Click here to see upcoming events

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keep parks with you all year: download our free 2017 calendar  

Your parks are free to enjoy all year long. Bring a little piece of them indoors when you download our free 2017 calendar! 

>>Download our 2017 calendar here

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20th anniversary spotlight: highland park entry garden

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.

In 2003, the Parks Conservancy and the Highland Park community began the effort to return the Highland Park Entry Garden to its late 19th century grandeur. Over the decades, the garden’s original design was lost, and its fountain had been turned into a planting bed. Restoration included tree and soil removal and replacement, reconstruction of the pool's stone coping, fountain replacement, renewal of plantings and flower beds, installation of new lighting and benches, and walkway restoration. In 2005, the project was completed, returning the space to the neighborhood treasure it was meant to be.

happening in december

Schenley Park Volunteer Sweep | December 10

Hike With A Naturalist: Leaf Litter ExplorationDecember 10

Frick Environmental Center Discovery: Animal SignsDecember 11

Citiparks' Skate with Santa | December 11

Frick Environmental Center Docent Training | December 12

Hike With A Naturalist: Animal Signs | December 17

Hike With A Naturalist: Winter Tree ID | December 18

Wine and Grapevines: Wreath Making Workshop | December 22

Christmas Eve HikeDecember 24

see the full calendar

parks in the news

Universal Accessibility Infuses August Wilson Park | Parks Blog

Let's Talk About Parks: Pittsburgh's High Points | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Mark Your Calendar For These Occasions to Celebrate Parks | Parks Blog

Let's Talk About Parks: Animal Families | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Send A Letter Of Thanks To Your Favorite Park | Parks Blog

Among The Trees: Building Pittsburgh's Future Through Its Parks | Pittsburgh Quarterly

Get By With A Little Help From Your Friends: Bird Gangs In Pittsburgh's Parks | Parks Blog