Emerald View Park is Pittsburgh’s newest regional park. It includes 257 acres of land that was previously cleared of trees, used for mining and as an illegal dump site. To start implementing the 20 mile trail plan, the project was broken into several smaller projects.
Operating as Emerald Trail Corps, a program of the Mount Washington CDC, our first project was to construct a mile long trail on Mount Washington’s steep slopes. Prior to this project, most people thought the Emerald View Park initiative was a pipe dream, and that the hillside could not be integrated as a “useful” part of the park or the community.
The trail was built by a small group of committed crew members. This first project set the bar for all future projects and established a level of confidence and commitment that has remained a standard for all Landforce Crews.