November 14, 2020 | Frick Park

Nine Mile Run


Nine Mile Run is almost entirely underground! If you’ve traveled through Wilkinsburg, Edgewood, Swissvale, or the east side of Squirrel Hill, you’ve likely driven over it. While most of NMR was piped into culverts at the turn of the 20th century, one-third was left above ground in Frick Park. WaterWalk: Nine Mile Run traced this daylighted portion of the stream, beginning at the trailhead near Braddock Avenue and flowing 2.2 miles toward the Monongahela River. 

As we walked, our collaborators at the Nine Mile Run Watershed Association discussed their ongoing efforts to restore and protect NMR. Also during the walk, Becky Forgrave, a PhD Candidate in Geology and Environmental Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, shared her research testing the stream’s nitrogen levels and water quality. Once on the shore of the Monongahela River, artist Ginger Brooks Takahashi presented a tea ceremony for the protection of intimacy and immunity. We were also joined by Theresa Abalos, a flutist, teaching artist, and writer, who presented a flute performance in conjunction with the tea ceremony, responding to the sounds already present in Duck Hollow. 
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