Friday, July 13, 2018

Goats Tackle South Side Park Invasive Species In Allegheny County; 2nd Annual GoatFest July 28

Friends Of South Side Park in Allegheny County will hold the 2nd Annual Goat Fest July 28 at the Bandi Schaum Community Garden and Paved Loop to celebrate the work of the Allegheny Goatscape goats in South Side Park from Noon to 4:00 p.m..
For 40 days in June and July, a herd of ten goats from the nonprofit Allegheny Goatscape will be coming to South Side Park to eat invasive species and vines in a previously inaccessible ten-acre portion of South Side Park that locals call ‘Jurassic Valley.’
This work will be followed by volunteer crews to prepare the place for a Fall 2018 restoration tree planting with the local nonprofit, Plant Five for Life.
You can enjoy four hours of musical performances, food trucks, a local craft vendor market, and meet the Allegheny Goatscape herd of goats! The event is free to the public and family friendly. Goat Fest in 2017 drew over 1,000 participants.
South Side Park is a 65-acre City of Pittsburgh signature community park located about four blocks south of East Carson Street, bordering the South Side Flats, South Side Slopes and Arlington neighborhoods.
South Side Park attracts visitors from across the City of Pittsburgh for its incredible views.
Previously underutilized and under-maintained, South Side Park has recently attracted attention for its potential to capture stormwater and runoff in its landscape, and is located in one of the top sewer-sheds (M-16) for stormwater intervention by the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority.
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources awarded a $40,000 grant to the Pittsburgh Department of City Planning for the South Side Park Master Plan, matched by $40,000 from the City of Pittsburgh.
The South Side Park Master Plan process was completed in April 2018 and a release of the final plan is forthcoming.
For more information on programs, initiatives and how you can help, visit the Friends Of South Side Park website or visit them on Facebook.

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