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CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF PARKS

our roots how it all began

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy was founded in December 1996 by a group of citizens concerned with the deteriorating conditions of Pittsburgh’s historic city parks. A non-profit organization, the Parks Conservancy works closely with the City of Pittsburgh under an official public-private partnership agreement to restore and improve the city’s park system to its full potential. To date, the Parks Conservancy has raised more than $130 million and completed 22 major park improvement projects. A team of 40 dedicated Parks Conservancy employees work with thousands of volunteers, host hundreds of events, and provide programming for more than 7,500 children annually.

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BUILDING A LEGACY AWARDS HIGHLIGHTS

25 Years of Park Stories!

Read about memories that park users have made in your parks and our commitment to caring for your cherished green spaces!

Michelle and Jansen Jones on their wedding day in Schenley Park playing on a swing set.
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OUR FIRST PODCAST!

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy is launching its first-ever podcast series, "For the Love of Parks". Stay tuned for more information on official launch dates!

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy is a proud recipient of regional, national, and international awards recognizing the accomplishments of our projects and staff.

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2020 Awards
  • PennFuture Women in Conservation Awards, Women of Environmental Award presented to Camila Rivera-Tinsley, Director of Education and Frick Environmental Center, 2020
  • Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Communicator of the Year presented to John Pepper, Sr. Director of Communications and Marketing, and team for Pittsburgh Parks for All campaign, 2020
  • Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society (PRPS) Excellence in Recreation and Parks presented to Restoring Pittsburgh Parks, The Parks Plan
  • National Recreation and Park Association, Innovation in Social Equity Award presented to Restoring Pittsburgh Parks: The Parks Plan
  • Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards, Preservation Planning Award presented to Northeast Fountain, Allegheny Fountain, 2020
  • Carnegie Science Awards Honorable Mention presented to Frick Environmental Center, 2020
  • Pittsburgh Business Times Women of Influence Award presented to Jayne Miller, 2020
  • City Paper’s Best of Pittsburgh Readers Poll, Best Place to Socialize with Your Dog, First Place, Frick Park, 2020
2019 Awards
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI) Pittsburgh Placemaking Awards for Excellence, Jury Award for Top Overall Award presented to Northeast Fountain, Allegheny Commons, 2019
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI) Global Awards for Excellence Finalist (one of 19 global projects), Certificate of Excellence presented to Frick Environmental Center, 2019
  •  National Association of Flood and Stormwater Management Association (NAFSMA), Excellence in Communications Awards and Stormwater Management Green Infrastructure, First Place Green Infrastructure Award presented to Frick Environmental Center, 2019
  • Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence presented to Frick Environmental Center, 2019
  •  The Pittsburgh Courier, Women of Excellence Award presented to Camila Rivera-Tinsley, Director of Education and the Frick Environmental Center, 2019
  • The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Chapter Awards, Pennsylvania/Delaware, Professional Awards Program Award of Excellence presented to Frick Environmental Center, 2019
  • American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top Ten Awards, Top Ten Plus Award presented to the Frick Environmental Center, 2019
  • City Paper’s Best of Pittsburgh Readers Poll, Best Public Park, Second Place, Frick Park, 2019
  • City Paper’s Best of Pittsburgh Readers Poll, Best Public Park, Third Place, Blue Slide Park, 2019
2018 Awards
  • Pittsburgh Business Times Women of Influence Career Award to Meg Cheever, 2018
  • August Wilson House Legacy Award, presented to Meg Cheever, 2018
  • Foundation for Landscape Studies Place Keeper Award, presented to Meg Cheever, 2018
  • Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf Living Building Challenge Certificate of Recognition, presented to Frick Environmental Center, 2018
2017 Awards
  • Green Building Alliance Inaugural Leadership Award to Frick Environmental Center, presented to Meg Cheever, 2017
  • City Paper’s Best of Pittsburgh Readers Poll, Best Dog Park, Frick Park, Highland Park & Riverview Park, 2017
  • City Paper’s Best of Pittsburgh Readers Poll, Best Walking Trail, Frick Park, 2017
  • City Paper’s Best of Pittsburgh Readers Poll, Best Place to Eat Your Brown-bag Lunch, Schenley Plaza, Frick Park, 2017
  • City Paper’s Best of Pittsburgh Readers Poll, Best Spot for Stargazing, Allegheny Observatory at Riverview Park, 2017
2000 - 2016 Awards
  • Modernism in America Award of Excellence, presented by Docomomo, 2016 (Mellon Square)
  • Outstanding Achievement Award in Honor of Fred M. Coombs, presented to Meg Cheever by Pennsylvania Recreation and Parks Society, 2016
  • Building Excellence Award for Excellence in Craftsmanship – General Contractor, presented by Master Builders’ Association of Western Pennsylvania, 2014 (Mellon Square)
  • Honor Award in Communications for Mellon Square: Discovering a Modern Masterpiece, presented by American Society of Landscape Architects, 2015 (Mellon Square)
  • Construction Award, Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards, presented by Preservation Pennsylvania, 2015 (Mellon Square)
  • Initiative Award-Communications for Mellon Square: Discovering a Modern Masterpiece, Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards presented by Preservation Pennsylvania, 2015 (Mellon Square)
  • Design Excellence Award, presented by the American Society of Landscape Architects, Vermont Chapter, 2015 (Mellon Square)
  • Excellence in Concrete Project Award, presented by American Concrete Institute, Pittsburgh Area Chapter, 2015 (Mellon Square)
  • Placemaking Award for Excellence, presented by the Urban Land Institute, Pittsburgh Chapter, 2014 (Mellon Square)
  •  Watershed Mini Grant Winner, presented by Dominion and Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, 2013.
  • National Partnership Award, presented by National Recreation and Park Association, 2013.
  • Mayor’s Work of Art Award for Public Arts to Janet Zweig for the 7:11 AM, 11.20.1979, 80° W, 26°, 40' N in Mellon Park Walled Garden, presented by Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council (2011)
  • Year in Review Recognition for 7:11 AM, 11.20.1979, 80° W, 26°, 40' N in Mellon Park Walled Garden presented by Public Art Network/Americans for the Arts (2011)
  • Delicious Design Award, Top 25 List for The Porch, presented by Pittsburgh Magazine (2011)
  • Community Greening Award for the Walled Garden/Mellon Park, Highland Park Entry Garden, and Highland Park Entry Garden, presented by Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (2011).
  •  Special Recognition Award for Use of Technology and Collaboration with an Artist for the Mellon Park Walled Garden, presented by ASLA (PA-DE Chapter) (2011)
  • Western Pennsylvania Environmental Award for the Trail and Sign Improvement Project, presented by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (2011)
  • America’s Coolest City Parks for Schenley Park, recognized by Travel + Leisure Magazine (2011)
  • 40 Environmental Heroes, presented t Meg Cheever by Group Against Smog & Pollution (2011)
  • Outstanding Achievement Award for the Parks Conservancy Blog, presented by Interactive Media Awards (2010)
  • Historic Preservation Award for the Mary Schenley Fountain, presented by the Historic Review Commission (2010)
  •  Amanda Burden Open Space Award Finalist for Schenley Plaza, presented by the Urban Land Institute (2010)
  • Beacon of Hope Award, presented by Hill House Association (2010)
  •  Pinnacle Award for Schenley Plaza, presented by the International Downtown Association (2009)
  •  LivCom Environmentally Sustainable Project Award Finalist for Schenley Plaza, presented by International Awards for Livable Communities (2009)
  • Best of the ‘Burgh – Best Unexpected Wi-Fi Spot for Schenley Plaza, by Pittsburgh Magazine (2010)
  • Initiative Award for Stewardship, presented by Preservation Pennsylvania (2009)
  • Mayor’s Public Art Award Runner-Up for the Mary E. Schenley Memorial Fountain, presented by the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council (The Work of Art Awards) (2009)
  •  Commonwealth Award Silver Project for Schenley Plaza, presented by 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania (2009)
  • Historic Preservation Award for the Riverview Park Chapel Shelter, presented by the Historic Review Commission (2009)
  • Golden Triangle Award of Honor for www.pittsburghparks.org, presented by International Association of Business Communicators (2009)
  •  Outstanding Achievement Award for www.pittsburghparks.org, presented by Interactive Media Awards (2009)
  • Best Urban Escape for Frick Park, recognized by Get Out! Magazine (2009)
  •  Diamond Award for Top CEO, presented to Meg Cheever by the Pittsburgh Business Times (2009)
  • Earth Friend Award, presented by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council and WTAE (2009)
  •  The William M. Rimmel Award for preservation of a former portion of the City of Allegheny (Riverview Park), presented by the Allegheny Society (2008)
  • Great Places in America: Public Spaces, presented by the American Planning Association, 2008 (Mellon Square)
  •  Best Place to Hang Out for Schenley Plaza, recognized by Pitt News (2008)
  • 10 Best Bet Award for Schenley Plaza, recognized by 10Best.com / Trusted Advice for Travelers (2008)
  • 10 Best Bet Award for Frick Park, recognized by 10Best.com / Trusted Advice for Travelers (2008)
  • Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania, presented to Meg Cheever by Governor Edward G. Rendell and First Lady Judge Marjorie O. Rendell (2008)
  • Allerton Award for Lifetime Achievement, presented to Meg Cheever by the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh (2007)
  • Community Impact Award for Schenley Plaza, presented by Dominion (2006)
  • Western Pennsylvania Environmental Award winner in the Community category, presented by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (2006)
  • Environmental Award of Excellence, presented by Carnegie Science Center (2006)
  • Most Outstanding Arbor Day Activity, presented by the Pen-Del Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture (2006)
  • Preservation Award for the Highland Park Entry Garden and Fountain, presented by the City of Pittsburgh Historic Review Commission (2006)
  • Professional Award of Merit for the Highland Park Entry Garden and Fountain, presented by the American Society of Landscape Architects Vermont Chapter (2005)
  • Award for Outstanding Environmental Service within the City of Pittsburgh, presented by the Urban Ecology Collaborative (2005)
  •  Preservation Award for the Highland Park Babbling Brook, presented by the City of Pittsburgh Historic Review Commission (2004)
  • Golden Triangle Award of Honor in the Publication Design category for the Frick and Schenley park maps, presented by the International Association of Business Communicators (2003)
  • Golden Triangle Award of Honor in the Multi-Media category for the interactive kiosk at the Schenley Park Visitor Center, presented by the International Association of Business Communicators (2002)
  • Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Award for Schenley Park Picnic Pavilion, by Preservation Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Committee
  • Award of Merit for Frick Park Reynolds Gatehouse, presented by Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation (2001)

 

Special Events Awards
  • Third place on Top Ten Events of 2010 for The 1960 Victory Gala, recognized by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Tribune Review
  • 10 Best Parties of 2008 for Madcap Masquerade, recognized by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • Dazzling Dozens Awards in 2008 for the Spring Hat Luncheon and the Carousel Tea, recognized by the Pittsburgh Tribune Review
  • Best Event of the Year awards for the Spring Hat Luncheon and Madcap Masquerade, recognized by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Various)
  • Dazzling Dozen Awards for the Spring Hat Luncheon and Madcap Masquerade, recognized by the Pittsburgh Tribune Review (Various)

UPCOMING EVENTS

Stay tuned for special 25th anniversary events! In the meantime, you can view our regularly scheduled programming  at the link below.