Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Nature of Pittsburgh's New Park Will Need Protection

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Nature of Pittsburgh's New Park Will Need Protection

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Mayor Bill Peduto is to be truly thanked for negotiating the gift of the 660-acre tract of land known as Hays Woods ("City Receives Big Gift of Land in Hays," June 9"). Sitting on the bluff above the Mon, within easy reach of the Point, Hays Woods is a wild gem that would be envied by any other American city.

More than a decade ago, local citizens and environmental groups such as GASP, PennFuture and the Sierra Club strongly opposed development on this site at hearings held by the DEP, Horse Racing Commission, Pittsburgh Zoning Board and city council. Over the years there were plans not only to build a casino and a racetrack, but to also mine the seam of coal below the hilltop. Since those days the undisturbed woodland has continued to mature, becoming a peaceful place for locals, a home for bald eagles, and a carbon offset for urban greenhouse gas emissions. …

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