Parks, Trails and Other Green Places: 29% of RAD funds
Parks/Trails/Conservation is RAD’s second largest single category, representing 29% of RAD funds since 1995.
District funds support 15,267 acres that include a mixture of natural settings, picnic areas, recreational facilities and fields.
Five of the City of Pittsburgh’s parks qualify as regional parks under the District Act: Emerald, Frick, Highland, Riverview and Schenley. Allegheny County operates nine regional parks: Boyce, Deer Lakes, Harrison Hills, Hartwood Acres, North, Round Hill, Settler's Cabin, South, and White Oak. The City of McKeesport operates Renziehausen Park. The Township of Upper St. Clair operates Boyce-Mayview Park and Avonworth Municipal Authority operates Avonworth Community Park. RAD also supports the 134 acre Beechwood Reserve at the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania and the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, near Settlers Cabin Park, south of Pittsburgh.
The District also funds trails through the Allegheny Land Trust which represents eight incorporated nonprofit organizations and several municipalities that sponsor individual trails. The trails provide no-cost scenic recreational opportunities through the county. Since 1995, RAD funds have supported the completion and maintenance of more than 90 trail miles. In 2018, RAD funds were approved for: Dead Man's Hollow accessibility improvements $20,000; Montour Trail Council Piney Fork Trail extension $40,000; Panhandle Trail Association trail resurfacing $20,000.
By the end of 2017, parks and trails have received more than $520 million in funds.
Capital projects in 2018 include: park facility and shelter improvements and restroom renovations (Allegheny County Parks); resurfacing, maintenance equipment, court renovations, sidewalk repairs and lighting improvements (City of Pittsburgh Parks); parking area expansion and shelter upgrades (City of McKeesport - Renziehausen Park); outdoor improvements (Upper St. Clair Twp Boyce-Mayview Regional Park).
Improvements in prior years have included: sidewalks, wall and step repairs, playground safety improvements, accessible bathrooms and park shelters, improved bathrooms throughout the park system, lake dredging, paving, shelter rood replacement, electrical distribution system upgrades, landscaping renovations, and tennis court rehabilitation.
Additional information on trail organizations that have received RAD funding: