South Side Park Restoration
10 Goats and a Donkey Transform Park with CLIP Grant Funding
The Problem with Invasive SpeciesA six-acre portion of South Side Park, known as Jurassic Valley, was overrun with vines and invasive species, threatening park trees, surrounding public infrastructure and future conservation efforts.
Invasive species growing in South Side Park's Jurassic Valley prior to stage one clearing.
Restoring South Side ParkFrom 2017 to 2018, Hilltop Alliance received $20,000 from ACCD’s Conservation, Leadership and Innovation Program to remove invasive species and improve the park’s ecology with help from Allegheny Goatscape’s herd.
Allegheny Goatscape's herd clears invasive species during the first Goat Fest in 2017.
Goat FestAfter a successful phase one clearing in 2017, Allegheny Goatscape’s 10 goats and 1 donkey returned to South Side Park for 40 days. The second Goat Fest on July 28, 2018, drew 4,000+ attendees to South Side Park.
The 2018 event included a larger food truck round-up, expanded live music, a new craft vendor market on the Paved Loop Trail and improved parking. Throughout the event all three parking lots were full to capacity, and every trail in the park was filled with families traversing the hillsides.