Parks, Trails and Other Green Places: 29% of RAD funds
Parks/Trails/Conservation is RAD’s second largest single category, representing 29% of RAD funds since 1995. By the end of 2019, parks and trails will have received more than $582 million in funds.
District funds support 15,267 acres that include a mixture of natural settings, picnic areas, recreational facilities and fields.
Five of the City of Pittsburgh’s parks qualify as regional parks under the District Act: Emerald, Frick, Highland, Riverview and Schenley. Allegheny County operates nine regional parks: Boyce, Deer Lakes, Harrison Hills, Hartwood Acres, North, Round Hill, Settler's Cabin, South, and White Oak. The City of McKeesport operates Renziehausen Park. The Township of Upper St. Clair operates Boyce-Mayview Park and Avonworth Municipal Authority operates Avonworth Community Park. RAD also supports the 134 acre Beechwood Reserve at the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania, the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, near Settlers Cabin Park, and public gardens of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.
The District also funds trails through the Allegheny Land Trust which represents eight incorporated nonprofit organizations and several municipalities that sponsor individual trails. The trails provide no-cost scenic recreational opportunities through the county. Since 1995, RAD funds have supported the completion and maintenance of more than 90 trail miles. In 2019, RAD capital project funds will be on the Montour Trail for restorations of a three-mile section in South Park Township and Jefferson Hills Borough ($50,000), and Steel Valley Trail paving ($57,000)..
Capital projects in 2019 include: park facility and shelter improvements and restroom renovations (Allegheny County Parks); playground renovations, Schenley park maintenance garage, park improvements and Schenly Park ice rink improvements (City of Pittsburgh Parks); new park pavilion and playground equipment (City of McKeesport - Renziehausen Park); playground improvements and work on the perimeter trail project (Upper St. Clair Twp Boyce-Mayview Regional Park).
Improvements in prior years have included: sidewalks, wall and step repairs, playground safety improvements, accessible bathrooms and park shelters, improved bathrooms throughout the park system, lake dredging, paving, shelter rood replacement, electrical distribution system upgrades, landscaping renovations, and tennis court rehabilitation.
Grants for other "green" spaces in 2019 are: Audubon Society (operating grant and capital grant of $15,000 for the ADA trail extension); Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (operating grant and capital grant of $20,000 for ADA accessible garden).
Additional information on trail organizations that have received RAD funding: