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PODCAST SERIES

"For the Love of Parks" is an original podcast series created by the Parks Conservancy in commemoration of our 25th anniversary. The 12-episode series will highlight compelling stories from everyday park users, civic leaders, and Conservancy staff about their experiences and connections to Pittsburgh's beloved parks. For the Love of Parks will offer a deep dive into the history of Pittsburgh's parks and will explore these public spaces as you have never heard them before.

Episodes will soon be available below and through leading podcast subscription apps, such as Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, and more.

EPISODE ONE: October 4, 2021

IMAGINE THERE'S NO PARKS CONSERVANCY IT ISN'T HARD TO DO

Throughout this past year, we've heard from a lot of Pittsburghers about all the ways they’ve been using the parks and what the parks have meant to them. From July of 2019 to July of 2021 monthly attendance doubled.  Maybe you’ve noticed it yourself -- the parks are well-loved, well used and well cared for. But it wasn't always this way. Twenty-five years ago, a few dedicated park lovers got together and began their journey to improve Pittsburgh's parks with passion, but not much else.

On this episode, learn the origin story of the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and how one woman's idea led to a unique public-interest partnership that has changed Pittsburgh in so many positive ways.

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EPISODE TWO: October 11, 2021

Loving a Little Chapel Back to Life The Story of Riverview Park’s Chapel Shelter

Riverview Park is one of the smallest of Pittsburgh’s five regional parks, and the least visited. And Northsiders? They kind of like it that way. Created in 1894, there are so many stories we could share about Riverview Park. But on this episode, we’re diving into a great comeback story: the restoration of the Chapel Shelter and the surrounding landscape. Slated for demolition not that long ago, it's now one of the most rented shelters in the park system. 

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EPISODE THREE: October 18, 2021

A Tree Grows in Pittsburgh Tending the Urban Forests in our City’s Parks

Park trees are vital to Pittsburgh. They offer immense benefits for all — from reducing peak temperatures in the summer, cleaning the air, providing a habitat for native wildlife, and so much.

On average, Pittsburgh loses dozens of trees each day and continues to see acres of tree canopy disappear annually. According to the U.S. Forest Service, 100 mature trees will remove 53 tons of carbon dioxide and 430 pounds of other air pollutants while catching about 139,000 gallons of rainwater every year! Unfortunately, many of our park trees are under attack. Thousands are beset by pests, diseases, and storm damage. Devastating insects like the Spotted Lanternfly and fungal diseases such as oak wilt threaten more than 60% of our native tree population.

In this episode, you'll learn more about Pittsburgh's tree population and the work the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy continues to do to support and protect our urban forest.

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EPISODE FOUR: October 25, 2021

Discovering A Garden of Delights at the Walled Garden in Mellon Park

Mellon Park sits on what was the estate of industrialist Richard Mellon. At the time, he had the biggest house in all of Pittsburgh and employed 7 full-time gardeners.

The Mellon mansion is long gone, but the rambling yard remains. So does a beautiful walled garden that includes a hidden memorial to Annie Seamans, a Pittsburgh native who loved to visit the park. The memorial is an art installation made up of 150 lights embedded in the lawn. At night, they shine in the pattern that matches the night sky that was overhead on the day of Annie's birth in 1979.

In this episode, we hear from Annie's mother, the artist who created the piece, and the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy gardener who keeps the walled garden looking so beautiful year-round. 

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EPISODE FIVE: November 1, 2021

George Westinghouse The Man, the Park, and the Pond

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EPISODE SIX: November 8, 2021

Celebrating August Wilson In a Hill District Park

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LET'S GET SOCIAL! Spread the word about "For the Love of Parks"

Are you enjoying "For the Love of Parks?" Now is the time to spread the word to your family, friends, loved ones, colleagues, or even your fellow park visitors about this original series that celebrates Pittsburgh's parks and green spaces.

Please select the link below to access our media kit, including our press release, an overview of the original series, sample social media posts, and some fun photos from our listening event in August!

MEDIA KIT

If you'd like to speak further with our team regarding this new series, please don't hesitate to contact Alana Wenk, Director of Marketing & Communications, at awenk@pittsburghparks.org.

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