ABOUT THE PARK
How the park went from weedy to wonderful
It was the effect of a “perfect storm” of community cooperation that created
a place devoted to educational and recreational purposes.
Welcome to a Magical Place
In the fall of 2006, a group of four citizens met with a representative from the Quaker Valley School District (QVSD) in a construction trailer at the Osborne school. They discussed returning a three-acre overgrown site, adjacent to the elementary school, to its naturalized state. The QVSD leased the land, once owned by the internationally acclaimed author, Mary Roberts Rinehart, to the park to be used for educational and recreational purposes. In early 2007, the Osborne Trail and Park Association (OTPA) was established as a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation to develop and manage the park.
The park project intrigued the community. Local residents, non-profit organizations and businesses engaged as volunteers. QVSD removed invasive trees, supplied materials for the entrance road and laid a water source. A local road contractor created the stone path into the park. A generous neighbor built the amphitheater and stone benches, designing it and moving tons of rock himself. The trail was laid.
OTPA received grants from the Child Health Association of Sewickley, the Garden Club of Allegheny County, the Sewickley Civic Garden Council, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and private donors.
By early 2008, the OTPA Board named the park the Mary Roberts Rinehart Nature Park. The entrance sign design was inspired by two little girls who delighted in stories of woodland fairies.
With a goal of utilizing and showcasing Appalachian native plants, more than 100 trees and shrubs, and 1,000 perennials were planted in 2008. Three hand-hewn picnic tables and benches were purchased. The Park is set to become the best example of naturalized plantings in Western Pennsylvania.
Mary Roberts Rinehart Nature Park is an example of a “perfect storm” of community cooperation. The OTPA’s critical mission for the next few years is education about the park and park maintenance – keeping the invasive species at bay. The Mary Roberts Rinehart Nature Park is open to all. ENJOY!
“Sewickley Serenity: The Mary Roberts Rinehart Nature Park offers beauty, tranquility and education to its visitors of all ages.” Read the article in the IN Sewickley Magazine.
Osborne Trail and Park Association (OTPA)
OTPA is a tax exempt and non-profit organization comprised of local citizens. It was established in 2006 to develop and manage the park.
OTPA Board Members
William Boswell, President
Thank You to Our
The following donors and volunteers help make the
Mary Roberts Rinehart Nature Park such a special place:
Bartlett Tree Service
Bidwell Training Center
Child Health Association of Sewickley
Garden Club of Allegheny County
Glen Osborne Borough
Jimmy Maslanka, Master Gardener
LES Polinko Studio
Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development
Quaker Valley School District
Sewickley Civic Garden Council
Sewickley Creek Greenhouses
Sewickley Valley Community Fund
Valley’s Best Tree Service & Landscaping
Numerous Private Donors and Volunteers