Heinz History Center
5 – 7 p.m.
With 12,000 acres, the Allegheny County Parks system is one of the largest in the country.
Explore the history of our region’s nine public parks — which are visited 22 million times annually — and learn about how you can help preserve these outstanding assets.
The Allegheny County Parks system is marking its 90th anniversary and you’re invited to the celebration. Hosted by the Allegheny County Parks Foundation, the public symposium will feature fascinating talks by experts in a variety of fields.
Acclaimed landscape architect Thomas Woltz will discuss public park design philosophies. Considered a rock star in the area of landscape architecture, Woltz is a leading designer of public parks around the world and was a consultant on the Flight 93 Memorial in Somerset County.
University of Michigan Professor Robert Grese will talk about the legacy of landscape architect Jens Jensen, whose naturalistic, Prairie Style aesthetic inspired the designs of North and South Parks.
County Parks Director Andy Baechle and Allegheny County Parks Foundation Executive Director Caren Glotfelty will share current and future plans for the parks. Attendees will also learn about the vision of Edward Vose Babcock who spearheaded the establishment of North and South Parks.