Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy celebrates 25 years with Making Your Parks Shine | Arts + Entertainment | Pittsburgh
Of all the things to love about Pittsburgh, the parks, some might say, are the jewel in the city’s crown. Part of the reason the parks thrive is due to the work done by the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, an organization that seeks to maintain and care for the many green spaces in the Pittsburgh area.
Now the Conservancy will celebrate 25 years of service, along with the many donors, volunteers and contributors who have made the organization successful, with Make your parks shine.
Making Your Parks Shine, a two-day event taking place in six different city parks, will feature colorful and vibrant light installations, as well as block parties with live music, local food vendors and family activities. The Conservancy partnered with Pittsburgh events and creative services agency, LUXE Creative, to install the spectacular lighting installations.
In addition to this, there will be a small private ceremony on Thursday, September 30 to congratulate recipients of the Mary Schenley Medal for the Park Stewardship Award, given every five years to individuals “who have made substantial contributions to the restoration of Pittsburgh parks.
“We are thrilled to partner with this unique and exciting creative project to showcase Pittsburgh’s beautiful parks with artistic lighting installations,” said Martin Potoczny, founder and CEO of LUXE Creative, in a press release. . “We set out to create a collection of immersive, inclusive, city-wide visual celebrations of the impressive work the Parks Conservancy has done over 25 years of service to the City of Pittsburgh Parks.”
Conservancy President and CEO Catherine Qureshi says that in previous years the organization has held gala celebrations to honor Conservancy milestones. This year, however, due to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, organizers “thought it would be best to create an event that invites everyone in Pittsburgh to safely join us in celebrating 25 years of making Pittsburgh’s beloved green spaces shine, actually lighting them up.”
On Friday, October 1 from 6-9 p.m., choose from events at the Walled Garden at Mellon Park, the Patricia Rooney Memorial Foundation at Allegheny Commons, and Schenley Plaza. The Walled Garden at Mellon Park will feature live music provided by Lee Robinson and ISKA, food by Stunt Pig Food Truck and family activities. Allegheny Commons Park will have music from Ayesha Scott and food from Tocoyo Food Truck. Finally, Schenley Plaza will host DJ Royal Haunts and food from the Schenley Plaza kiosks.
On Saturday, October 2 from 6 to 9 p.m., August Wilson Park and McKinley Park, as well as the Frick Environmental Center, will all be lit up and bustling with activity. At August Wilson Park, live music will be provided by DJ Blakk Steel. At McKinley Park, there will be music from DJ Rok, food from Steel City Hot Dogs, and activities from Simply Unique Face Painting and Yoga with Apple Tree Studios. The Frick Environmental Center will host LaRue June & the Howling Mob, local food vendors, and more.
All six parks will be illuminated on both nights and, according to a press release, “each space and community party will reflect their respective neighborhoods.”
Make your parks shine. 6-9 p.m. both days. Fri. Oct. 1-Sat. Oct. 2 Various locations. To free. pittsburghparks.org/shine