Preserved area in Sewickly Hills expanded

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Another 48 acres were formally added Thursday to the Audubon Greenway, land that is being preserved as undeveloped space in the Sewickley area.

Steve Quick, chairman of the Allegheny Land Trust board, told those attending a ribbon cutting for the greenway extension that 111 people gave $81,000 toward the $610,000 purchase price of the land in Sewickley Hills.

The nonprofit Allegheny Land Trust has pledged to maintain the hilly wooded tract as undeveloped open space.

The 48 acres, which adjoin Sewickley Hills Park, extend from Interstate 79 west to Magee Road. On the other side of Magee Road is the land trust’s existing Audubon Greenway.

Plans call for land trust properties ultimately to provide a “green” connection between municipal parks in Sewickley Hills and Sewickley Heights.

Other donors toward the project include the Colcom Foundation, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Peaceable Kingdom Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation, Katherine Mabis McKenna Foundation, Sierra Club and Laurel Foundation. The seller was the Catholic Institute, the real estate arm of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh.

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