Community Garden in Pittsburgh’s East End Receives Support in Honor of Local Family

Fri, Jun 22nd 2012, 01:22. Filed under News Releases.

Pittsburgh, Pa. – June 22, 2012 – A Western Pennsylvania Conservancy community flower garden now has been permanently named for the Ziskind family in recognition of a generous endowment donation by Burton “Les” Ziskind of Alexandria, Virginia.

The garden at Beechwood Boulevard and Reynolds Street has been named in honor of his family, which has roots in the East End of Pittsburgh. A dedication ceremony will take place Sunday, June 24 at 3:30 p.m. with the Ziskind family and WPC staff. The Conservancy manages the quarter-acre community garden along Mellon Park as one it its nearly 140 community flower gardens in 20 counties.

“With this gift the neighbors, the many passersby, and the thousands of visitors to the nearby Mellon Park will continue to enjoy the flower display for years and years to come. The Conservancy will also be able to assure quality care for the site with the help of volunteers and neighbors such as the Phipps master gardener program,” said Judy Wagner, senior director of WPC’s gardens and greenspace program. “Mr. Ziskind’s generous support is really recognition of this special partnership that makes this program possible and makes Pittsburgh a very special place to live.”

"The Ziskinds have called Pittsburgh home for over a century,” Ziskind said. “The community garden at Beechwood Blvd. and Reynolds St., named in honor of my family, recognizes their distinctive local and afar achievements -- as family doctor and rehabilitation counselor, attorney, and World War II combat veterans. It also says ‘thanks’ to Pittsburgh for being such a great hometown, and does it in a way that is especially meaningful to the community -- conserving our lovely green public spaces."

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The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) enhances the region’s quality of life by protecting and restoring exceptional places. A private nonprofit conservation organization founded in 1932, WPC has helped to establish ten state parks, conserved more than 232,000 acres of natural lands and protected or restored more than 1,500 miles of rivers and streams. The Conservancy owns and operates Fallingwater, which symbolizes people living in harmony with nature. In addition, WPC enriches our region’s cities and towns through 140 community gardens and greenspaces that are planted with the help of 13,000 volunteers. The work of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is accomplished through the support of more than 11,000 members. WPC is accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. For more information, visit

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