North Promenade Project This project will reconstruct the 15-foot-wide central Promenade along North Avenue, remove excess pavement, realign the system of eight-foot-wide connecting pathways, renovate turfgrass, and plant more than 100 trees in the central allée and flanking lawns.

An image of the conservancy's plans for the North Promenade Project. An image of the North Promenade pathway in Allegheny Commons Park.

North Promenade Overview The project will restore the 1935 path pattern, removing unnecessary paths and excess pavement.

New pedestrian crossings at Federal and Arch Streets will include planted medians to provide safe harbor and signal drivers that they are entering the park zone. The George Washington Monument will be given a new setting in a well-scaled oval plaza. Finishing touches will include historically appropriate benches and energy efficient lighting. The planting scheme will feature a central allee of canopy trees along the Promenade, with a variety of understory trees planted informally in the flanking lawn. The first phase of the project will begin near the Northeast Fountain and will extend to Federal Street. The second phase will begin at Federal Street and will extend to the Washington Monument.

Project Highlights


Representing 17 species to be planted.


Consistent width of 15’, paved in historically appropriate asphalt, totaling 1,445 linear feet (approx. 1/4 mile)

LED Lights

29 LED pedestrian lights along Promenade, some with outlets


30 standard historic benches

Additional Park Highlights
  • TURF: Excess pavement to be removed; turf to be rehabilitated and drainage improved
  • CONNECTING PATHS: Eight feet wide, asphalt, totaling 1,700 linear feet (approx. 1/3 mile)
  • CROSSWALKS: New mid-block crossings for a continuous Promenade and to strengthen the park’s visual presence
  • SIDEWALKS: New walk along McCabe Field boundary
  • PIPERAILING: Historic detail denotes park boundaries and restricts vehicular access
  • BOLLARDS: Locking, collapsible bollards to restrict vehicular access
  • MONUMENTS: George Washington Monument to receive new plaza, plantings, and lighting; Hartzell Monument to be relocated near its original site along Federal Street at the Promenade
  • DESIGN TEAM: LaQuatra Bonci Landscape Architects

North Promenade Virtual Groundbreaking

Take a look at live footage from our virtual groundbreaking ceremony for the North Promenade Project, which aired originally on Facebook Live on June 25, 2020. Hear from Mayor Bill Peduto and an array of partners, sponsors, and supporters on why this project is an important step towards a greener, more accessible, and community focused future. 

Construction Updates

September 1, 2020: Sidewalk improvements were completed at Federal Street, the Hartzell Monument foundation was installed, as well as light pole foundations. Median work will soon begin in the coming weeks, as will paving for the Promenade and connector paths.

July 29, 2020: Recently, the project contractor completed demolition and site preparation work and is currently constructing improvements in the sidewalks at the proposed park entrances. Park users can expect to see new pathways and paving of the Promenade in the next two to four weeks.

Project Partners

Major Financial Assistance Provided By:

  • The Buhl Foundation
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: Tom Wolf, Governor, Department of Community and economic Development, Commonwealth Financing Authority
  • Duquesne Light
  • Urban Redevelopment Authority


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