Invitation from Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl
Dear Friends of Urban and Historic Parks:
On behalf of the residents of the City of Pittsburgh, I would like to invite you to America’s Most Livable City for the 2008 International Urban Parks Conference, Sept. 21-23. We are honored that Pittsburgh was chosen for your Body and Soul: Parks and the Health of Great Cities conference and look forward to hosting the hundreds of city parks leaders, administrators, advocates, design and preservation professionals, recreation specialists, historic property and parks managers, scholars, and municipal officials who make up the City Parks Alliance and the National Association for Olmsted Parks. We are especially proud of the role our parks play in building a stronger, healthier and more livable Pittsburgh.
If your mental picture of Pittsburgh includes anything like soot, smoke or slagheaps, you’re in for a very pleasant surprise. Did you know:
In addition, we have exceptional universities, medical facilities, and biotechnology companies all working to create new life-saving technologies. Ambitious revitalization projects are pumping life back into our Downtown area. Our Neighborhoods First campaign is in full swing, aimed at making our City one of the cleanest and safest in the country.
But don’t take it from me — come and see for yourself. One last thing: make sure to get down to the rivers. From colonial times to the present they have shaped our destiny. I encourage you to enjoy of the biking, walking, boating or kayak tours being offered through the conference that will connect you with our mighty three rivers.