The National Wildlife Federation

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Pledge Status

Active

Pledge Date

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Program Year

2024

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Borough of Franklin Park

Borough of Franklin Park, PA

Dennis O'Keefe

Mayor

Pledge Summary

The Borough of Franklin Park is a quiet, safe, residential municipality located in Allegheny County, PA. It is approximately twenty (20) miles north of the City of Pittsburgh, encompasses 13.5 square miles, and has a population of 15,500. The Borough has four parks, 280 total acres of protected green space and continues to work on providing natural habitats, gardens, and meadow areas with the commitment to monarch and pollinator conservation. Mayor O’Keefe, Borough Council, and the Borough’s EAC are committed to protecting, preserving, and enhancing natural areas.

Community Spotlight

Action Items Committed for 2024

Communications and Convening

  • Engage with city parks and recreation, public works, sustainability, and other relevant staff to identify opportunities to revise and maintain mowing programs and milkweed / native nectar plant planting programs.
  • Engage with Homeowners Associations (HOAs), Community Associations or neighborhood organizations to identify opportunities to plant monarch gardens and revise maintenance and mowing programs.

Program and Demonstration Gardens

  • Add or maintain native milkweed and nectar-producing plants in gardens in the community.
  • Display educational signage at monarch gardens and pollinator habitat.

Systems Change

  • Increase the percentage of native plants, shrubs and trees that must be used in city landscaping ordinances and encourage use of milkweed, where appropriate.