DEBBIE NORRELL

DEBBIE NORRELL

There is always so much to share about the PNC Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Hat Luncheon. I have tried to remember how many I have attended. I would say eight or nine. Each has been exciting. We have beautiful parks in the city of Pittsburgh and it is great to see them improve each year. The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy has been in existence for 20 years. This year they completed three vital improvements for the community in three different parks — the Frick Environmental Center that is the white building that you see facing Homewood Avenue, the Westinghouse Memorial and Pond in Schenley Park and August Wilson Park in the Hill District. I look forward to visiting the Frick Environmental Center. The space will be a space for environmental education while encouraging Pittsburgh’s future as a leader in innovation and sustainability.

Since 1996, the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy has raised more than $91 million to improve the city’s most democratic spaces, which are free and open to the public. I think the Conservancy was smart to select the first Saturday in May for the hat luncheon. Those who would possibly go to the Kentucky Derby can stay right at home and wear their beautiful hats. Each year the hats get better and better. One of my favorites this year was a hat made of inverted roses and I loved Leon wearing a basket. Leon is a floral designer and a very creative man. Peggy Harris always wears a showstopper and she tends to design her hats and creates her entire look. I am going to work on my outfit for next year this year.

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