Spring volunteer season recap

June 29, 2010 by Parks Conservancy Staff

Our SCA Green Cities Fellow, Adam Fedyski, looks back on the many volunteer events the Parks Conservancy participated in this season.

As we enter the long, hot summer season, it is a good time to plan a picnic, take a trip to the pool, or even go for a walk in one of our fine city parks (check out the Walks in the Woods on Wednesday evenings). The parks provide great opportunities for recreation, and the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy owes a great deal of gratitude to the volunteers who come out to help us keep the parks in great shape. This spring, we had 600 volunteers who contributed 2,300 hours of service in the parks through the month of May. I have been fortunate enough to work with many of these groups and I feel it necessary to give them recognition for all the hard work they have put in. They helped us to remove invasive plants, shrubs and vines, plant native wildflowers, shrubs and trees in their place, improve the quality of the trails, pick up litter, and some assisted us through the Urban EcoSteward program. Here are some photos from the events:

Urban EcoSteward erosion control

Dump site in Highland Park

Trail work in Nine Mile Run

CMU students in Frick Park

Westinghouse volunteers

BNY Mellon volunteers

Wildflower Walk

Garlic mustard

Schenley Park Rain Garden

Tree planting

Mitzvah Day

Propel Schools

Planting at Schenley Plaza

Daffodil deadheading

Early invasives training

We also had a great group of tenth graders from City High working with us throughout the season as part of our high school Urban EcoStewards program. A few of the students recently shared with us some memorable experiences they've had in the parks this spring. You can check out Michele Pope's video below and hear from Angelo Carr and Mariah Dalton on our YouTube channel.


Thank you again to all of the wonderful people who volunteered their time and skills to helping the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy in their restoration and conservation efforts. We are looking forward to the fall season and we hope to see many of you out in the parks again!

Ecological Restoration, Volunteers and EcoStewards