Celebrating Summer 2022!
As we soon enjoy all that autumn has to offer in Pittsburgh, let's look back at the fantastic memories made across our parks.
The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy hosted hundreds of free programs and events throughout the summer at some of your most beloved green spaces, including August Wilson and Robert E. Williams Park, located in the historic Hill District.
From movie night to yoga to stewardship initiatives, the wide variety of free programs provided ample opportunity for community connection.
"Hill District programming is important because this neighborhood is a crucial part of Pittsburgh's history. This community has so many valuable things to offer," explained Chastity Bey, the Parks Conservancy's Community Nature Educator. "Our free programming highlights and adds to the value of the community and the people within it and shows them that people still care about them."
From June through September, community members donated their time to volunteer with the Parks Conservancy twice a month as they helped with various tasks to maintain August Wilson Park.
Formerly Cliffside Park, the Parks Conservancy worked with Hill District community organizations and the City of Pittsburgh to renovate and restore the park. Completed in 2016, the project features public art inspired by neighborhood children, an installation of photographs from Pittsburgh native Charles "Teenie" Harris and the Oliver M. Kaufmann Photograph Collection, and quotes from Pittsburgh playwright (and the park's namesake!) August Wilson.
Now, the park is thriving as a community hub and host of many Conservancy events and programs that bring the neighborhood together.
“My family and I had such a great time at movie night in Robert E Williams Park,” explained Earl Hord. “We are looking forward to attending the next one in the park!”
Special thanks to the sponsors of this summer's Hill District programs, including The Margaret Ritchie R. Battle Family Charitable Fund, F.N.B. Corporation, the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation, and Giant Eagle, for making this series possible!