ESTABLISHING A POLLINATOR MEADOW Located near the border of the Mount Washington and Allentown neighborhoods and directly above the Liberty Tunnel, Bigbee Field boasts impressive views of the Downtown Pittsburgh skyline and welcomes nearby residents and park visitors into trails within Emerald View Park.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
Thanks to the generous support of The Garden Club of Allegheny County, a member of The Garden Club of America, and in partnership with the Mount Washington Community Development Corporation, the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy has established the Bigbee Field Pollinator Meadow. In alignment with the Emerald View Park Master Plan, this meadow:
- Features a diverse array of native flowering plants selected for their ability to bolster the pollinator value and serve as habitats for pollinators, such as bees, butterflies, and birds.
- Improves a prominent trailhead and entrance to the park.
- Beautify planter beds atop Bigbee Field, which are cared for by community volunteers, to create a unified experience for park users.
- Pilots use of hardware cloth to suppress the invasive knotweed currently growing there and invigorate the hillside with new native pollinator plants. The effects of the trial will be monitored and could be replicated on other hillsides throughout the park system. The results will be shared with the City of Pittsburgh’s Department of Public Works and other key partners.
- Protects the viewshed, a critical goal of the residents of Mount Washington, Duquesne Heights, and Allentown.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, “Three-fourths of the world’s flowering plants and about 35 percent of the world’s food crops depend on animal pollinators to reproduce.” In other words, pollinators, including bees, butterflies, moths, birds, and bats, are responsible for one out of every three bites of the food we eat. Unfortunately, pollinator species are experiencing a sharp decline, which has been exacerbated by climate change, habitat loss, use of chemicals, and invasive species.