Community Issues

Love Pittsburgh's Parks? Their Future is in Your Hands

A new tax is being proposed to pay for maintenance & improvements. Here's your chance to speak out.

Pittsburgh's 165 public parks are in bad shape. Half of them are considered in fair to poor condition. They're $400 million behind in repairs, and $13 million short in money for maintenance.

The solution that's being talked about right now is a half-mill property tax increase that would go straight to the parks and be matched by private philanthropic funding. All told there could be up to $20 million more a year to fix up the parks. Regional Asset District Funding already helps pay for upkeep at the city's five large "regional" parks, Riverview, Highland, Schenley, Frick and Emerald View.

Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy volunteers removed over 200 bags of weeds from Frick Park in May.

Supporters are gathering signatures on petitions to get the tax hike put on the fall ballot as a referendum, which would allow taxpayers to vote it up or down. The city is also holding a series of listening tours where you can tell them what you like about the parks, and what needs to be improved. You can even speak out for and against the park funding tax-hike idea.

Volunteers from Duquesne Light Company planted trees in Schenley Park in April.

If you have something to say, here's the list of dates, times and locations of the listening sessions ( or click here )

July 18

6-7:30 p.m.

Moore Park, 1801 Pioneer Ave, Pittsburgh 15226

July 29

6-7:30 p.m.

Sheraden Healthy Active Living Center, 720 Sherwood Ave, Pittsburgh 15204

July 31

6-7:30 p.m.

Carnegie Library Hill District, 2177 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh 15219

August 5

6-7:30 p.m.

Pennsylvania Hospital School-Nursing, 4900 Friendship Avenue , Pittsburgh 15224

August 6

5:30-7:30 p.m.

Carnegie Library Homewood, 7101 Hamilton Avenue, Pittsburgh 15208

August 8

6-7:30 p.m.

CoLab18, 100 South Commons, Pittsburgh 15212

August 12

6-7:30 p.m.

Frick Environmental Center, 2005 Beechwood Boulevard, Pittsburgh 15217

August 15

5:30-7:30 p.m.

Magee Recreation Center, 745 Greenfield Avenue, Pittsburgh 15217

August 18

2-3:30 p.m.

Frick Environmental Center, 2005 Beechwood Boulevard, Pittsburgh 15217

(Images: Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Facebook page )

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