Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Emerald View Park gets honor - Pittsburgh Post Gazette (blog)


The City Parks Alliance in Washington, D.C. is honoring Pittsburgh’s Emerald View Park as a “frontline park,” citing it as an “example of urban park excellence, innovation, and stewardship across the country.”

Emerald View Park, which covers parts of Duquesne Heights, Mount Washington and Allentown, is being featured on CPA’s website during the month of August.  You can read more about the park in my page 2 Walkabout column in the print and on-line edition of today’s Post-Gazette. (Photo above shows part of the latest mile of trail.)

“We selected Emerald View Park for recognition because it exemplifies the power of  partnerships to create and maintain urban parks that build community and make our cities sustainable and vibrant,” said Catherine Nagel, executive director of City Parks Alliance.  “We hope that by shining the spotlight on this park that we can raise awareness about both the necessity and the promise of these kinds of partnerships to spur investment in our nation’s urban parks.”

CPA’s vision, according to an email about the honor for Emerald View, is that everyone in urban America will live within walking distance of a park that is clean, safe and vibrant.

The alliance’s national membership is dedicated to the support of urban parks and “seeks to highlight examples of the challenges facing our cities’ parks as a result of shrinking municipal budgets, land use pressures, and urban neighborhood decay.

Over the last five years, the Mount Washington Community Development  Corporation (MWCDC) and the city of Pittsburgh have restored nearly six acres of view corridor and native hillside habitat; planted more than 4,500 native trees and shrubs; removed 200,000 pounds of dumpsite debris; engaged nearly 7,000 hours of volunteer service and 4,000 hours of youth workforce development; purchased an additional 28 acres of land for permanent green space; hosted park events attended by thousands of people; completed a 19-mile trail plan for the park; constructed the first several new miles of trail; and enabled more than $4.2 million in investments to further the Emerald View Park initiative.

“We are honored to be selected for recognition as a “Frontline Park,” said Ilyssa Manspeizer, MWCDC’s director of park development and conservation. “Emerald View Park represents the many ways parks can deliver for a community, serving a dual role of enabling at-risk young adults to reclaim productive lives ... and initiating a more sustainable future for themselves and their families, while crafting a phenomenal park and contributing towards a greener, more sustainable city.”

The Frontline Parks program is made possible with support from DuMor, Inc. and PlayCore.


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