Churchill Valley Greenway

Protecting Local Land

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We are working in cooperation with local community members to acquire and permanently protect one of the largest remaining green spaces in Pittsburgh’s eastern suburbs for the health, well-being, and enjoyment of current and future residents. Projects like these have the potential to enhance the long-term attractiveness and viability of local municipalities.

ALT currently has an exclusive contract to purchase and permanently protect this rare, outstanding green space.

The 148-acre Churchill Valley Greenway sits on the former Churchill Valley Country Club spanning Beulah Road in the municipalities of Churchill and Penn Hills. Abandoned for approximately a decade, the country club site has begun reverting to natural green space, and is already home to many species of native flora and fauna. Area residents already make use of former cart paths and forged trails; the site is also adjacent to the Bullock Pens Park and Blackridge Civic Association.

For more information on the project, please find a presentation below and FAQ here. The presentation is best viewed in full screen mode. Find news coverage on the green space project by clicking on the following links: Tribune Review [May 8, 2019], PA Environmental Digest [July 2, 2019], WTAE [July 3, 2019], City Paper [July 12, 2019], WTAE Editorial Board’s Vote of Support [July 26, 2019], WESA [Aug 5, 2019], Sewickley Herald [Aug 27, 2019], Tribune Review [Oct 30, 2019], WTAE [Nov 25, 2019], Tribune Review [Nov 25, 2019], Tribune Review [Aug 4, 2020], Post-Gazette [Sept 8, 2020], PA Environment Digest [Oct 15, 2020], Tribune Review [Oct 15, 2020], Tribune Review [March 3, 2021].

Find more information in this online magazine-style presentation.

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We are excited to announce that on April 22, 2021 (Earth Day!), we closed the gap to permanently protect the Churchill Valley Greenway! Read more details in the press release at this link.

ALT’s funding plan to acquire this land called for a mix of donations and grants from a broad range of both private and public supporters.

As of April 22, 2021, more than 800 individuals have donated more than $273,000. We are extremely appreciative of and energized by this amazing show of community support. Additional financial support came from three families who made generous memorial donations in honor of deceased loved ones. Other major contributors include PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, The Pittsburgh Foundation, Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County, Colcom Foundation, Duquesne Light Company, S. Kent Rockwell Foundation, Sierra Club and LANXESS Corporation. 

In addition to Senator Costa, the greenway project has been aided by the support of other elected officials including State Representative Summer Lee, the Churchill Borough Council, and three members of the Penn Hills council.

The closing date for this project is currently scheduled for June 2021. While we’ve reached our goal to purchase the land, we still need funds to cover closing costs and next steps for stewardship. We hope you’ll consider donating to ensure this land is protected and cared for.

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