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Clean up removes 4,000 pound of trash from Mount Washington park hillside


April 21, 2009

Volunteers work to remove litter from the Grand View Scenic Byway Park hillside befind Olympia Park. All together, the group removed 2,000 pounds of garbage, 1,500 pounds of scrap metal and 500 pounds of glass from the hillside.

Recently, the Mount Washington Community Development Corporation (MWCDC) organized an afternoon for staff and volunteers to clean up the Grand View Scenic Byway Park hillside behind Olympia Park.

The group consisisted of 60 volunteers from various organizations including Allegheny CleanWays, the Duquesne University Psychology Department faculty and students, MWCDC, Pittsburgh Cares, and Americorps. Food for the volunteers was donated by Café Cravings, and Foodland. City of Pittsburgh, Department of Public Works removed the dumped items.

Over the course of two hours, the volunteers removed 2,000 pounds of garbage, 1,500 pounds of scrap metal, and 500 pounds of glass from the hillside. This waste included such discarded items as refrigerators, tires, washing machines, car parts, and more. This cleanup was part of the MWCDC's ongoing efforts to reclaim the forested hillsides of the Grand View Scenic Byway Park – enhancing the beauty, safety, and environmental health of the Park.

Ilyssa Manspeizer, MWCDC Park Resource Manager, was thrilled at the turnout and enthusiasm of the volunteers. Tom Brady, a volunteer and member of the MWCSDC Board, said, “It was a beautiful day, with a great turnout, making me really feel as if I was part of something meaningful and important.”

On Sunday, April 19, at Bigbee Field, the MWCDC hosted another afternoon for volunteers to serve. This time they spent their time cleaning up Bigbee Field and planting several hundred new trees that were donated to the park from the TreeVitalize Program.

TreeVitalize Pittsburgh is a joint project of Allegheny County, the City of Pittsburgh, Friends of the Pittsburgh Urban Forest, and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. TreeVitalize partners are working with volunteer groups, non-profits, and municipalities to plant 20,000 trees by 2012.

Those interested in volunteering or who would like more information, should contact Ilyssa Manspeizer at 412-481-3220 ext. 204 or


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