Volunteers Needed for Cleanup Efforts in North & South Parks on Saturday and Harrison Hills Park on Sunday

PITTSBURGH – The Friends of South Park will hold their Great Spring Park Cleanup starting at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 21. Volunteers are asked to meet at Black Ash Grove off of McCorkle Road across from the basketball courts to register and pick up supplies. The cleanup event is expected to take two and a half hours. Afterward, South Park’s Famous Hot Dogs will be served to volunteers at the South Park Township Administrative offices located at 2675 Brownsville Road.

The Friends of North Park will hold a Stewardship Day from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Saturday, April 21. Volunteers are needed for litter cleanup and invasive species removal. Tools, gloves, materials, water, snacks and instruction will be provided. Participants are urged to wear long pants, long sleeves, and sturdy closed-toe shoes or boots with good tread. Hats, bug repellant, sun screen, eye protection and rain gear are also recommended. Those interested in participating are asked to meet at the Rose Barn on Pearce Mill Road across from the North Park Lake Boathouse. For additional information, contact Robert Habegger at 412-401-5837.

The Pittsburgh Trail Advocacy Group will hold a workday on North Park’s Pfundstein Trail from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 21. Volunteers are asked to meet at Lakeview Shelter on North Ridge Drive and to wear work clothes and bring gloves and water. Work will include bench cutting, rock armoring, and repairing winter damage. For additional information, contact Mike Rodack at 412-260-4060 or visit World Wide Web Icon Pittsburgh Trail Advocacy Group.

The Friends of Harrison Hills Park will host several work sessions and events from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 22. Volunteers are asked to meet at the Harrison Hills Park Environmental Learning Center and to participate in one of three different work sessions. The first event will include picking up fallen branches, raking leaves, weeding and adding compost and mulch around the center’s plantings.

Participants may also choose to help maintain Harrison Hills Park’s 14 miles of trails by removing litter and fallen branches, trimming branches that are blocking trail blazes, and marking the locations of fallen trees on a trail map. Those interested in working on the trails are asked to bring tools such as pruning saws, loppers and pruners.

Allegheny County Naturalist & Horticulturist Tammy Watychowicz will also lead a hike and work session to see beautiful wildflowers and also identify and remove invasive plants on Harrison Hills Park’s 1.4-mile Pond Trail, which is rated easy to moderate. Trash bags, gloves and some tools will be available. Volunteers interested in this session are asked to bring pruners.

Children ages 7 through 14 are invited to learn how to play marbles from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Harrison Hills Park Environmental Learning Center. Each child will receive a free bag of marbles and is welcome to join in a work session after playing.

All volunteers and children will be treated to a “Make Your Own Sundae” ice cream social at 4:00 p.m. at the Environmental Learning Center. For additional information about the events at Harrison Hills Park, call 724-224-4102 or visit World Wide Web Icon Friends of Harrison Hills Park.

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