If you frequent Frick Park’s beautiful wooded trails, you may have found yourself running, walking, or hiking along the Nine Mile Run Trail. This beloved trail is 3.5 miles long and meanders along the Nine Mile Run, a tributary of the Monongahela River.
An anonymous donor provided the Parks Conservancy with a generous gift to restore sections of the trail that are frequently damaged by flooding. The Parks Conservancy collaborated closely with the City of Pittsburgh Department of Public works to identify impacted sections of the trail to reconstruct.
The Parks Conservancy has previously worked to clean and restore the Nine Mile Run stream valley in 2006, in partnership with the Nine Mile Run Watershed Association (now known as Upstream Pittsburgh). The run was significantly polluted and is now much cleaner than it was, but there is still work to be done to upkeep the run and the associated trail.
Today, the Parks Conservancy continues to partner with Upstream Pittsburgh through the Urban EcoStewards program. Anyone interested in becoming an Urban EcoStewards can sign up through the Conservancy to volunteer at an adopted site in the city’s parks and remove invasive plants, care for trees, clear trash, and more. The Urban EcoStewards working with Upstream can get training to specifically volunteer at the Nine Mile Run site to keep it clean.
Take advantage of the Nine Mile Run Trail for yourself and spend a summer afternoon walking by the waterway! Be sure to keep up with the Parks Conservancy to learn about the latest park improvement projects.