Glen Osborne park makes more room for pollinators
Glen Osborne’s Mary Roberts Rinehart Nature Park officially was extended over the weekend with more space for pollinators like bees and butterflies.
Local garden club representatives worked through May and June to plant six 12-foot plots of native species of plants and flowers. The project was funded by a $3,500 grant from the Sewickley Valley Community Fund that the Osborne Trail and Park Association received in February.
Glen Osborne council members, Sewickley Valley Community Fund members and local garden clubs met June 23 for a private wine and cheese reception to announce a winner of the most aesthetically pleasing garden plot.
The winner was garden No. 1 because of its addition of a wheelbarrow that was decorated with the borough’s flag. The plot was planted by Edgeworth’s “Little Garden Club.”
“The prize was a garden gnome that the club could place in the plot where ever they wanted. We’re calling it the ‘great gnome,’” said Bill Boswell, OTPA’s president and former Glen Osborne mayor. “We wanted to pick a prize that was fun and if you didn’t win you wouldn’t be too upset.”
Participating garden clubs were Sewickley Council of Garden Clubs, Grapevine Garden Club, Village Garden Club, Trowel & Error Garden Club and Little Garden Club.
OTPA was also gifted two benches that will be placed at the park’s overlook to provide seating for “one of the more beautiful views of the Ohio River” looking toward Interstate 79, according to a news release from the event.
Boswell said the association submitted a grant application to the state’s Department of Community and Economic Development for a $57,000 matching grant to fund a wrought iron fence that would replace pipe rail fencing along Beaver Road. If accepted, the association would need to raise around $8,500; the fence would be installed in 2019.
About $125,000 of public and private funds have been invested in the park since its inception in 2006, Boswell has said.