Advisory: Removal Of Dead, Invasive Trees Happening At McKinley Park's Chicken Hill

June 1, 2017 by Pittsburgh Parks

PROJECT ADVISORY: Ecological restoration work in McKinley Park specifically in the “Chicken Hill” area includes removal of dead, invasive and non-native trees; seeding and native tree planting to follow.

WHEN: Dead, invasive and non-native tree removal in the summer of 2017; soil stabilization, native seeding and tree planting will continue through Spring of 2018.

WHERE: Upper McKinley Park known as “Chicken Hill”. The boundary of the work is Delmont Ave on the west, Michigan St on the north, Eldora Pl on the east, and a line extending west from Amesbury Street across the park, is the southern edge.   

DETAILS: This is an important step towards implementing the “Chicken Hill” Green Infrastructure project.  Hazardous, dead or dying, and invasive and/or non-native trees will be removed by the City of Pittsburgh’s Forestry Department and Department of Public Works, with assistance from the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy.  Work could began as early as June 2017.

The goal for this removal is to keep park goers safe by removing 30-40 trees, many are dead or dying trees, that are near trails or the public street.  In addition, non-native elms and invasive Norway maples will also be removed to improve overall forest health.  A handful of smaller trees along the south edge of Michigan, near the existing retaining wall, are being removed to accommodate proposed green infrastructure improvements. A comprehensive ecological restoration of the site will include soil stabilization, native seeding, invasive plant management, and tree planting over the next several years.

Some of the trees will be salvaged for reuse on-site for informal benches, others may be left on the ground to assist in erosion control while restoration work proceeds.

Park Threats, Parks Management, Neighborhood and Community Parks