Panhandle Greenway Conservation Project
Protecting Local Land
SUMMARY | Allegheny Land Trust and its community partners are working together to conserve 221 acres of woodlands in the rapidly-developing and flood-vulnerable Robinson Run Watershed and along the scenic corridor of the popular Panhandle Trail. This will be accomplished through the acquisition of two strategically-located, “keystone” properties to create an ecological, recreational, and place-making greenway unlike any in the region.
BENEFITS | The preservation of these lands will connect Settler’s Cabin Park, Pittsburgh Botanical Garden, Collier Township Park, South Fayette’s Preservation Park, other public and privately conserved lands, and the Panhandle and Montour Trails to forever protect and enhance the quality of life in surrounding communities by preserving rural character and scenic beauty, expanding healthy recreational opportunities, contributing to local and regional resiliency and global sustainability, protecting important wildlife habitat, and providing an economic boost through enhanced desirability of the communities and new opportunities for recreation-related businesses.
STATUS & FUNDING | ALT has this land under exclusive contract to purchase and permanently protect these woodlands contingent upon successfully raising the needed funds for closing by December 2023.
A total of $1,785,000 is needed to conserve the land. ALT has a funding plan in place, and is currently applying or awaiting pending applications for funds from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County, local foundations and corporations, and local municipalities. The final critical component of the funding puzzle is donations from individuals in the community.
HOW YOU CAN HELP | Donations from individuals are a crucial component to every ALT land conservation project as they are very important to help close the funding gap and serve as the local matching dollars required to unlock state grants.
For this project, we need the community to help us raise $75,000 to protect this land as permanent green space and benefit residents today and for generations to come. We hope you’ll help save this local land by making a donation today.
Current Community Funding Status (updated: 9/27/2023)