Earth Day trail work in Pittsburgh with Dick’s Sporting Goods

WHERE

The event took place on Heritage Trail on Pittsburgh’s Southside between 4th and 10th streets.

The Heritage Trail is part of the The Great Allegheny Passage, which is a trail system that connects Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C.

ABOUT THE EVENT

For the third consecutive year, KEEN partnered with Dick’s Sporting Goods, Friends of the Riverfront and Tree Vitalize on the project. During the course of the day on Saturday, April 18th, volunteers planted 117 indigenous large trees, black-eyed susans and sunflowers, as well as thousands of flower bulbs. The goal of the planting was to create a native tree canopy along side the trail.

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In addition to the plantings we also installed 4 benches, 1 Bike Pittsburgh bike rack and a new crushed limestone trial leading to a scenic viewpoint.

All in all we had nearly 350 volunteers mostly comprised of Dick’s Sporting Goods employees and their friends and family. In exchange for a $35 donation the volunteers received a pair of KEEN, a logo’d water bottle from CamelBak, an event T-shirt and KEEN Socks. The funds raised this year will be used in part to fund the expenses for next year’s project.

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Volunteers registering for the event

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Trees delivered to the site at 7am

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KEEN, Dick's Sporting Goods and Tree Vitalize welcome the volunteers

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Father and son getting ready to do trail work

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Shoveling mulch in Newports

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Spreading crushed limestone on a trail

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A family tree planting

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View of the site

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New benches and a bike rack