Panhandle Greenway Conservation Project

Protecting Local Land


SUMMARY | Since 2023, Allegheny Land Trust and its community partners have been working together on this landscape-scale effort to create an ecological, recreational, and place-making greenway unlike any in the region. There will be many phases in this ongoing effort to conserve woodlands in the rapidly-developing and flood-vulnerable Robinson Run Watershed and along the scenic corridor of the popular Panhandle Trail. 

MAKING PRORESS! In March 2024, ALT completed the very first phase of this effort by conserving 90 acres of green space in Collier Township.  

CURRENT EFFORTS | ALT is currently working to conserve 140 acres in South Fayette Township to grow the success of proactively conserving lands in this rapidly-developing area. 

BENEFITS | The preservation of these lands will bridge 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 necessary funds for closing in December 2024. 

A total of $1,305,000 is needed to conserve this 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: 7/12/2024)