PARKS WORK HARD 

Parks create safe havens where children can play and learn, serve as inclusive community spaces, and support health and wellness.

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy realizes the need and deprivation that the parks system faced for many years. As a result, the Parks Conservancy has raised $126 million dollars for Pittsburgh's parks and programs since its inception in 1996. 

The Parks Conservancy continues this mission every day by working to provide environmental education programs to Pittsburgh's youth, offer free events for families and people of all ages, and take action against problems that have plagued Pittsburgh for years, such as the current storm water system, by investing in green infrastructure. 

EQUITY 

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Parks make a difference. They belong to the people, are free, and are the most democratic spaces in a community.

The Parks Conservancy believes in creating a more equitable parks system for all people to enjoy.

Park equity is about providing opportunities for every Pittsburgher to learn and have fun. Every year, the Parks Conservancy provides hundreds of free and low-cost classes and public programs that engage tens of thousands of people every year across our parks.

One of the Parks Conservancy's most equitable projects to date is the Frick Environmental Center, which has become a beacon of inclusivity that welcomes all Pittsburghers.

Gender-neutral, public restrooms that are open to the neighborhood until 11:00 pm afford everyone, including the housing insecure, the dignity of access to clean water and privacy on their own terms. 

Together, we can continue to build upon this success to create a better Pittsburgh.

WATER

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Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy understands the benefits that water provides and also the downfalls of having an inadequate storm water system.

The Parks Conservancy is investing in Green Infrastructure to support Pittsburgh's storm water system.

Green Infrastructure is an approach to water management that protects, restores, or mimics the natural water cycle. It is effective, economical, and enhances community safety and quality of life. This method involves planting trees and restoring wetlands, rather than building a costly new water treatment plant.

To date, the Parks Conservancy has successfully completed more than 10 green infrastructure projects in Pittsburgh - with the hope to complete more in order to safely resolve rainwater challenges, while also beautifying the parks system. 

TREES

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Pennsylvania is home to more than 130 native tree species.
Every year, Pittsburgh loses 86 per day to disease, development, and tree removal. 

Trees are critical to the urban tree canopy as they help to cool the city, clean the air, and protect against landslides.

What is an Urban Tree Canopy? 
The urban tree canopy (UTC) is the layer of leaves, branches, and stems of trees that cover the ground when viewed from above. In urban areas, the UTC provides an important stormwater management function by intercepting rainfall that would otherwise run off of paved surfaces and be transported into local waters though the storm drainage system, picking up various pollutants along the way. It also reduces the urban heat island effect, reduces heating/cooling costs, lowers air temperatures, reduces air pollution, increases property values, provides wildlife habitat, and provides aesthetic and community benefits such as improved quality of life.

To date, the Parks Conservancy has planted over 10,000 trees to help sustain the urban tree canopy in order to create a brighter and healthier Pittsburgh.