Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Green Spaces, Parks Are Invaluable Assets in Pa

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Green Spaces, Parks Are Invaluable Assets in Pa

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In reading Don Hopey's Jan. 29 article "Report Says Pa. Parks, Forests Need $1B in Work," I was struck by the immense financial need facing our shared outdoor spaces. This funding shortfall is true not only for our state, but also locally within Pittsburgh's city parks.

Together, the City of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy in 2018 quantified the funding gap facing our city's 165 public parks and recreation sites. The findings are significant: Elevating parks and park assets to a high standard of quality, fulfilling existing community and neighborhood park plans, and following recommendations in the Regional Parks Master Plans amounts to a $400 million capital backlog of needs across all of Pittsburgh's parks.

Armed with this knowledge, city and parks conservancy leaders launched a Parks Listening Tour. …

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