The first proposed spending plan for the Pittsburgh Parks Trust Fund was released on December 7th as part of the 2022 City of Pittsburgh budget proposal. Pittsburgh City Council passed the 2022 operating budget on December 20th, including $10.8 million for parks.
The Parks Trust Fund is the result of the parks tax that voters passed in 2019 with the goal of creating a dedicated fund to support Pittsburgh’s parks. City Council began collecting the tax in 2021.
PUMP supported the parks tax to equitably fund Pittsburgh parks through capital projects and maintenance and ensure that all residents can benefit from access to safe recreational spaces.
The spending plan includes funding for projects at several parks, as well money for new maintenance equipment for the Department of Public Works.
Learn more about the Parks Trust Fund and spending plan:
- City of Pittsburgh 2022 Operating Budget
- Pittsburgh City Council approves $613 million operating budget (Trib Live)
- Spending plan for Pittsburgh’s $10.8M parks tax fund unveiled (Trib Live)
- Pittsburgh City Council passes ordinance to ‘tighten’ guidelines for controversial Parks Trust Fund (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)