Greenspace Trolley Tour

In July of 2014, the Greenspace Alliance organized a trolley tour for the newly elected and appointed staff to showcase many of the projects that Greenspace Alliance Member Organizations are part of and highlight the partnerships that allow greenspace work to happen in the City.

[dt_sc_blockquote type=”type4″ align=”left”]The Pittsburgh Greenspace Alliance is an affiliation of nonprofit organizations working on greenspace issues in and around the Pittsburgh area. Greenspace consists of parks, trails, and natural areas used for recreational or aesthetic purposes with benefits to environment, economy, and human health. [/dt_sc_blockquote]

The group took Molly’s Trolley across the City from downtown to view several of WPC’s community gardens and downtown projects. From there, we made our way through the strip district discussing Bike Pittsburgh’s big bike plans into Lawrenceville to visit an organic community garden with Grow Pittsburgh and Tree Park with Tree Pittsburgh. From there, we headed to the East End to see Borland Green and Project 15206 with Nine Mile Run Watershed Association, the EECO Center with Penn State Center and Larimer Village Green with GTECH and partners. Next up was the Southside with Friends of the Riverfront and Allegheny Cleanways to discuss all the wonderful riverfront projects. Then the Trolley headed up to the Hilltop to view a couple ReClaim South projects with GTECH, lunch in McKinley Park to hear about the Parks Conservancy’s big plans and were met with Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak and Public Works Director Mike Gable, and a final stop at Point of View Park in Mt. Washington to talk to members of Emerald View Trail Corps.

Earth Day is on Wednesday, April 22, which means there will be plenty of festivities happening around the City of Pittsburgh to celebrate all things green. Although we love a good party, we also think it’s important to remember that you can have a big impact with a small gesture, like volunteering for an organization’s clean up day .

Here are a few suggestions of great, green organizations that need your help cleaning, greening and beautifying Pittsburgh for Earth Day:

1. Clean up day with Pittsburgh Park ConservancyNine Mile Run Watershed Association at Frick Park

NIGHT (6) (1)

  • April 18, 9AM-12:30PM
  • Wear long pants and closed-toed shoes
  • Register Here >> or contact Sarah: sarap[a] or 412-371-8779 x.123

2. Earth Day @ South 4th Street with Allegheny Cleanways & Friends of the Riverfront

Sign up to help clean and beautify a trail along South 4th Street.

3. Arbor Day Tree Planting with Tree Pittsburgh

Celebrate Arbor Day with Tree Pittsburgh as they plant 100 new trees in West Penn Park.

4. Earth Day on the Avenues with GTECH (that’s us!)


Help us clean up 8th Avenue in Homestead. Activities will include planting, weeding, mulching and general spring-cleaning activities in spaces like the Frick Park located in Homestead and the Amity Harvest Community Garden.

Also, we can’t resist a good celebration, so join us afterwards as we host a pop-up party on a vacant lot in Homestead.

How will you be celebrating Earth Day 2015 in Pittsburgh?