Friday, April 19, 2013
People will be able to take a look at North Park from 40 feet in the air.
The Go Ape! Treetop Adventure will open Saturday, April 20 at 9 a.m. between the tennis courts and boathouse at North Park. “This is truly exciting news for Allegheny County residents and visitors who want an opportunity to zip and swing through our trees,” said Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald in a statement. “Thanks to the public-private partnership opportunity with Go Ape, we can now offer an experience in our park that we couldn’t have done on our own. I know that there will be many people living life adventurously who are excited about taking a look at North Park from 40 feet up.” The eco-educational outdoor experience will provide visitors with 2-3 hours of outdoor fun and exercise while they navigate more than 37 …
Saturday, April 13, 2013
The fishing season opens at 8 a.m.
Today, April 13, officially marks the opening day of trout season. The regular fishing season opens at 8 a.m. and runs 24 hours a day through Labor Day, according to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. Fish and Boat Commission officials spent about six weeks stocking trout waters with brook, brown and rainbow in preparation. Locally, trout can be found at North Park. If you're in need of fishing supplies, stop by Dick's Sporting Goods or the North Park Sports Shop, 897 East Ingomar Road. For more information on fishing holes, licensing requirements and other facts, click here. Like us on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter Check out some of today's other top stories here.
Monday, February 18, 2013
Would-be lifeguards seeking summer work in county parks may take the test March 30.
The Allegheny County Parks Department will hold aquatics tests at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 30, at North Allegheny Senior High School for lifeguards seeking summer employment at pools in county parks. Lifeguards must pass the aquatics examination in order to be considered for positions at North, South, Boyce and Settler’s Cabin parks for the 2013 season beginning June 1. Applicants must be age 16 or older. Before taking the test, they must provide a doctor's certificate of a physical examination, a completed application form and a minimum of four references on the back of the application. Candidates must also present a current lifeguard training certification, current first aid certification, and current adult, child, and infant CPR …
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Friends of North Park and the North Area Environmental Council seek volunteer helpers to remove litter from the lake and throughout the park.
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Sunday, February 17
Friends of North Park and the North Area Environmental Council are seeking volunteers and making plans for two spring cleanup events—one in April, another in May—in North Park. The first event is set for Saturday, April 20, during Earth Day weekend. Organizers say they plan to gather at 9 a.m. to remove litter from various locations around North Park. Participants should meet at the cabin on Ingomar Road, near the intersection of Babcock Boulevard and Wildwood Road. A Lake & Land Clean-up also is planned for Saturday, May. 4 and will involve working both on the lake in water craft and along the lake's shoreline on foot. Participants should meet at noon at the North Park Rose Barn on Pearce Mill Road, across from the North Park Boathouse. …
Monday, February 4, 2013
Some of the improvements could be made as soon as next year.
A new master plan for improving North Park includes a $2.9 million upgrade to the Ingomar Road portion of the trail around North Park Lake, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports. It would create a wider shoulder with room for a 6- to 8-foot bike lane and a separate 8- to 10-foot pedestrian path between Babcock Boulevard and Kummer Road. Landscape architect Ron Schipani, capital projects and program manager for the Allegheny County Parks Foundation, told an audience of about 50 people at a Jan. 23 public meeting in the Rose Barn that those safety improvements could be made as early as next year. The PG reported that Schipani, who worked on the park's trail feasibility study in 1990, outlined several goals for the park: One big change to …
Sunday, January 27, 2013
The attraction would allow visitors to fly over the trees.
Allegheny County council is considering a proposal to install a zip line in North Park. The course would run in a tree-lined area between Pierce Mill road and the tennis courts, past the boat house, KDKA-TV reported. “We think it will bring new people, different segment of people to the park and we also look at it as a way for the county to raise some new revenue,” Director of County Parks Andrew Baechle told KDKA. County council is considering plans drawn up by the company Go Ape!, which specializes in outdoor entertainment. “We’re going to get you in a harness, put you about 40 feet up in the trees,” Managing Director of Go Ape! Dan D’Agostino told KDKA. “We’re really excited about North Park because it’s a beautiful park, beautiful …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
There will be music, food and more at the event.
When T.J. Burke moved from his hometown of Hermitage to Pittsburgh in 2011, he started searching for a way to get involved with his new community. “I really wanted to build a connection to the area,” he said. Drawing on his past experience as a wraparound facilitator working with children and adults with autism and Asperger Syndrome, Burke came up with the idea of a 5K to benefit ABOARD's Autism Connection of PA ABOARD is a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit provides support to those with autism and their families living in Pennsylvania. During the first event last year, the run, which Burke decided to call the Autism Frostbite 5K because it took place in January, attracted more than 300 runners to North Park. “Together, we were able to donate …
Saturday, January 12, 2013
The public is invited to comment at a public meeting at North Park's Rose Barn.
Allegheny County and the Allegheny County Parks Foundation will host a public-input meeting to discuss improvement projects in North Park. Residents are encouraged to attend the meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at the Rose Barn on Pearce Mill Road to learn about the projects and provide feedback and comments. GAI Consultants will present schematic design options for the North Park Lake Trail Gateways and Municipal Row Path. An open forum and public discussion to gather input will follow the presentation. A map of North Park showing the location of the Rose Barn is available for download at www.alleghenycounty.us/parks/maps.aspx. Like Us on Facebook | Follow Us on Twitter Check out some of today's other top stories here .
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Is your Christmas tree losing its needles or looking a little tired? Drop it off to be turned into mulch at a county park near your home or leave it on the curb for Cranberry's collection service.
Oh, Christmas tree. With Christmas come and gone for another year, recycling your Tannenbaum is easy with these local programs. In Cranberry, Christmas trees will be picked up as part of the township’s regular waste collection service from Jan. 7 through Jan. 18. Residents are reminded to remove all ornaments, tinsel and lights before placing the tree on the curb. Allegheny County's fifth annual Christmas tree recycling program also runs through Saturday, Jan. 19 at all nine regional parks. Residents may drop off trees from dawn to dusk daily. All lights, decorations, tinsel and stands must be removed from trees. The trees will be turned into mulch for use in Allegheny County’s nine regional parks. Trees may be dropped at these locations…
Friday, November 30, 2012
The "Over The Bar Bicycle Cafe" is expected to open in early spring of 2013.
Allegheny County Council recently approved a five-year lease for a restaurant at the iconic North Park boathouse. The "Over the Bar Bicycle Cafe ," which already has a location on Pittsburgh's South Side, will have waitress service, a liquor license, and offer a variety of foods, including vegetarian dishes, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reported. "We hope the restaurant will become another hub of activity in the park," partner Michael Kotyk said told the PG. Kotyk plans to have the cafe open seven days a week, year-round, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Kotyk said the new restaurant would concentrate on a healthy menu that will appeal to the many walkers, runners and cyclists who visit North Park. "We want to give them the energy …