Sustainability News


Etna adds a new walking trail

Walking Trail

Etna adds a new walking trail

Sustainability Stroll

Thanks to the efforts of our neighbor Judith Koch who secured an Environmental Education grant from the PA Department of Environmental Protection, Etna now has another marked walking trail that will guide pedestrians past many of Etna's green initiatives! Judith conducted a survey in 2020 and heard back from residents about what Etna places represent "sustainability" to them. The places identified by respondents were quite an impressive collection of green infrastructure installations completed by Etna Borough, such as the beautiful and innovative streetscape along Butler Street, as well as the rain gardens on Freeport and Walnut Streets. The trail also highlights our beloved community garden, the Garden of Etna, and the new solar canopy and charging station just outside. Of course, it takes a swing by the Dougherty Nature Trail and meanders along Pine Creek. The trail ends at the Etna EcoPark as a destination for both gathering with neighbors and learning about sustainability.

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Etna is proud to announce the opening of the Etna Eco Park

Etna Eco Park

Etna is proud to announce  the opening of the Etna Eco Park

For several years, the corner lot at the intersection of Wilson St. and Grant Ave. sat vacant and abandoned. However, when the Borough of Etna came into recent ownership of the property, we teamed up to transform the site into a beautiful, green parklet for all in our community to enjoy. To date, we have raised funds through grants, fundraisers, donated professional services, and in-kind donations to build 90% of the parklet. Over the last quarter of 2020, Etna Borough Public Works removed asphalt from the rear of the site and brought in compost to start soil remediation. To aid in storm water management, a 900 square foot rain garden with 250 square foot drainage swale (1/3 of the total site) was installed. We were also able to plant four large trees with the assistance of Tree Pittsburgh and community members. And just before temperatures dropped, volunteers came together to construct a shadow box fence and rain garden barrier to enhance and protect the site. Once fundraising goals have been met, the additional site improvements will be: a accessible pathway that utilizes permeable pavers; two benches and a picnic table; park and educational signage; a raised herb garden and a free little pantry.

Concurrent with the development of the park, ECO and Etna Borough have been working closely with Etna resident and artist Lindsay Huff on the creation of two kinetic sculptures that will reside in the center of the rain garden. Two aluminum frames that recall the shape of a leaf will hold smaller enameled plates, each with the ability to independently rotate and interact with wind and light. These sculptures are nearing completion and will be installed in the early spring.

We are starting to plan for additional volunteer construction and planting days for March - June 2021. If you are interested in being contacted about future EcoPark Workdays, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be placed on the contact list. All COVID-19 requirements will be in place during these events.

The Etna EcoPark will be open to the public mid-summer 2021

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