August 21, 2012 |

Emerald View Park celebrates completion of newest trail addition

The Mount Washington Community Development Corporation will host a Trail Opening Celebration the evening of Tuesday, Aug. 21, from 5-8 at Olympia Park.

This event will celebrate the completion of the newest segment of the Emerald View Park trail system by the Emerald Trail Corps. This part of the Park highlights the reuse of formerly inhabited, vacated and industrialized land, with the one-mile trail winding its way through land that had been inhabited as far back as the 1800s, formerly paved streets, old house foundations, and stream beds that passes through long forgotten mines.

The celebration will be held at the Olympia Park Pavilion on Virginia Avenue between Hallock and Olympia streets. Trail tours and entertainment are slated to begin at 5:15 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring along a picnic for dinner and Mount Washington CDC will provide lemonade, ice cream and cookies. The courtesy of an RSVP is appreciated and can be recorded at mwcdc.org/rsvp.

Created in 2005, Emerald View Park is Pittsburgh's newest regional park. Overlooking downtown Pittsburgh, it is in the neighborhoods of Duquesne Heights, Mount Washington, and Allentown. The park combines existing parks and greenspaces with what was once heavily mined, denuded and dumped upon land.

For Pittsburgh and the more than 1 million people who visit Mount Washington every year to see the iconic view of downtown Pittsburgh and her three rivers, the 257-acre Park offers a mix of playing fields, playgrounds, lawns, views and trails, some of which is still being developed.

More information can be obtained by contacting the MWCDC at 412-481-3220 x204 or imanspeizer@mwcdc.org.

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