Mellon Park Pathways and Lighting Improvements

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RESTORING A POPULAR COMMUNITY ASSET The Mellon Park Pathways and Lighting project will create a more accessible experience for park visitors.


In alignment with the recommendations outlined in the Mellon Park Action Plan, this project will address existing safety and accessibility issues on the north side of Pittsburgh’s historic Mellon Park.  During the Action Plan process, community residents identified improving park access, safety, and connectivity as top priorities for park users.   The project will address these goals by constructing and restoring interior park pathways along Fifth and Penn Avenues, installing new energy efficient, dark-sky compliant lighting, and constructing a new park entrance at the corner of Fifth and Penn avenue.   The project will provide a safer pedestrian experience and help improve connectivity to the park from the surrounding neighborhoods.

The project is funded in part through a $703,000 allocation from the City of Pittsburgh Parks Tax Fund.

For project updates and additional information, please follow the Engage PGH Project Page (link below).


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In 1942, Lieutenant Colonel Richard K. Mellon and his sister Sarah Mellon Scaife offered the City of Pittsburgh the Mellon estate as a public park.

In June of the following year, City Council formally accepted the offer of the 10 or 11-acre plot of ground along Fifth Avenue. The park was donated in memory of Richard Beatty Mellon and his wife Jennie King Mellon. The park opened in the spring of 1944. That same year the adjacent C. D. Marshall property, which includes the mansion at Fifth Avenue, was offered to the city as an addition to the park.

Additionally, Mellon Park is home to the beloved Walled Garden space. The Mellon Park Walled Garden was restored in 2009 and later opened in June 2010. The Walled Garden was first built in the 1920s as part of the original Mellon Estate. The restoration honors the memory of Ann Katharine Seamans, who visited the Garden often during her life. The lawn became a piece of artwork titled “7:11 AM 11.20.1979 79° 55´W 40°27´N” by Janet Zweig. The 150 points of light on the lawn represent the stars and planets over Pittsburgh when Annie was born.

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