About the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Restoring Pittsburgh’s Parks System to Excellence 

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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. 

The Parks Conservancy is committed to improving the quality of life for the people of Pittsburgh by restoring the park system to excellence in partnership with the government and the community. Projects and programs are conducted with respect for the environment, historic design, and the needs of our diverse region. The Parks Conservancy has a broad appreciation and enjoyment of a sustainable park system whose landscapes, facilities, and programming set world standards of excellence. 

To date, the Parks Conservancy has raised nearly $145 million and completed 23 major park improvement projects. The Parks Conservancy works with thousands of volunteers, hosts hundreds of events, and provides programming for more than 7,500 children annually.

How We're Funded

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy is funded through various sources to support our mission and impact. Learn more about the impact of charitable giving to Pittsburgh's parks.

DEIA Commitment

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy (PPC) is committed to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) in Pittsburgh’s public parks. The PPC strives to create an organizational culture of inclusion and acceptance that reflects our core values and the voices of our diverse team.

Partners in the Parks

The City of Pittsburgh and its Departments of Public Works and Parks & Recreation - known as CitiParks - cultivate 3,800 acres of parkland in 170 parks. Together, they provide citywide events and festivals, public pools, recreation and senior centers, and innovate programming for children and seniors. 


Pittsburgh’s parks have something for everyone. Miles of hiking and biking trails, acres of green space, restaurants, and playgrounds of all shapes and sizes. Concerts, dancing, movies, a golf course, Kids Days, adult programming. Even lions and tigers and bears (oh, my!) on a carousel! Well, a tiger and plenty of horses on the carousel. No matter your interest, you’ll find it in Pittsburgh's parks.