Ten years after vandals burned down the Environmental Center in Frick Park, the city and Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy have a design and more than half the funding to build a new center that will be "as green as possible," said Joanna Doven, spokeswoman for Mayor Luke Ravenstahl.
Construction is expected to start next year and be completed in 2014. The estimated cost is between $9 million and $10 million, $6.5 million of which has been raised, in part through the Frick Trust.
The new building will be slightly smaller than the former center's 6,000 square feet. It will have three levels, with an amphitheater built into the natural hillside behind it. The two historic gatehouses at the Beechwood Boulevard entrance will be restored. Read full article