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Goatfest celebration in South Side Park


For six weeks in June and July, a herd of eight goats and one donkey from the nonprofit Allegheny Goatscape will be coming to South Side Park to eat invasive species and vines in a previously inaccessible six-acre portion of the South Side Park locals call "Jurassic Valley."

This work will be followed by volunteer crews and Student Conservation Association summer crews to prepare the space for restoration tree plantings. This project is supported by a $10,000 grant from the Allegheny County Conservation District. 

On Saturday, July 8, from noon to 4 p.m., a public celebration, "Goat Fest in South Side Park," is being hosted by Friends of South Side Park at the Bandi Schaum Community Garden to celebrate the Allegheny Goatscape goats in South Side Park. Enjoy four hours of acoustic music, park hikes, special workshops and meet the Allegheny Goatscape herd of goats. The event is free to the public and family friendly.

South Side Park is a 65-acre community park located about four blocks south of East Carson Street, bordered by the South Side Flats, South Side Slopes and Arlington neighborhoods. South Side Park is also enjoyed by park users from Knoxville, Allentown and Beltzhoover neighborhoods, and attracts visitors from across the city for its incredible city views.

Previously underutilized and under maintained, South Side Park has recently attracted attention for its potential to hold stormwater and runoff in its landscape, and is located in one of the top sewer sheds (M-16) for stormwater invention by the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA).

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) awarded a $40,000 grant to the City of Pittsburgh Department of Planning for the South Side Park Master Plan, matched by $40,000 from the City of Pittsburgh.

Public meetings for the South Side Park Master Plan are set to begin in fall of 2017.


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