Sep 7: Wild Art, Wild Trails Festival

The Mt. Washington Community Development Corporation will host the first Wild Art, Wild Trails Festival on Labor Day, Monday, September 7, at Mt. Washington Park (1:00 PM to 4:00 PM) (548 Norton St., Pittsburgh, 15211). Come celebrate Labor Day in the great outdoors with a day of recreation, art, food, and fun! The festival will kick off in the morning (9:00 AM to noon) with a clean-up of an illegal dump site in Mt. Washington Park. During the festival, local artists and designers will transform dumpsite items into works of art as spectators look on. Additional recreational activities for all ages will be a central part of the afternoon, with a climbing wall, ultimate frisbee, and boxing activities. A Health Trail Walk—marked by signs containing tips for healthful living and disease prevention—will be installed along the wooded trails. Area youth have been at the core of creating this festival. Working with the Community Trail Art Initiative of the Steel Valley Heritage Trail, they designed a Beginner’s Quest (Treasure Hunt) complete with a map and prizes, and painted colorful banners depicting the plants, animals, and history of Mt. Washington. The Quest will be one of the festival’s features, and the banners will be prominently displayed during the event. Healthy alternatives to standard barbeque fare and refreshments will be available. The public can reach the park by automobile or bus. Admission to the festival is free. For those interested in helping with the cleanup portion of the event, please register with Rebekah Keating or 412 481 3220 x 200. For more information on the Wild Art, Wild Trails festival, contact Ilyssa Manspeizer, Park Manager for the MWCDC at, 412 481 3220 x204.
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