Park Projects In addition to youth and adult programming, maintenance, fundraising, and a host of other activities on behalf of the parks, the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy works in close partnership with the City of Pittsburgh, other government entities, local foundations, and the community on major park improvement projects.

Current Projects


Forbes Avenue Gatehouse

Side view of Forbes Avenue Gatehouse at Frick Park

Walled Garden Fountain

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North Promenade Project

A pathway leading to the Patricia Rooney Memorial Fountain in Allegheny Commons Park.

Past Projects

Featured Park Project

Frick Environmental Center

The Frick Environmental Center is a welcome facility, education hub, and gateway to Frick Park. Free and open to all, this cutting-edge facility enhances visitor experience and inspires learners to discover one of Pittsburgh’s largest parks.

A project of the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and the City of Pittsburgh, the Frick Environmental Center is a certified Living Building that has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum. 

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An image of a fountain in Allegheny Commons Park from a trail

Patricia Rooney Memorial Fountain

Situated in Allegheny Commons, Pittsburgh’s oldest park, the original Northeast Fountain, now known as the Patricia Rooney Memorial Fountain, stood for decades as a focal point of the park experience…

Westinghouse Project

Westinghouse Memorial and Pond

Just a short walk from the Schenley Park Café and Visitor Center and the entrance to the Steve Faloon Trail stands this impressive memorial to George Westinghouse. A distinctive feature of Schenley Park since its dedication in 1930, the memorial was originally…

The front of the Schenley Park Cafe Visitor Center

Schenley Park Cafe and Visitor Center

The Schenley Park Café and Visitor Center was the second showcase project of the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy. The restoration of the century-old structure was completed in 2002. The goal of…

Mellon Square Park fountains at night

Mellon Square

Originally created in 1955 as the first public space built over a parking garage, Mellon Square is a Modernist masterpiece. The completely restored Mellon Square reopened in May 2014, offering a renewed urban oasis for workers,…

Mellon Park Walled Garden fountain

Mellon Park Walled Garden

Originally a part of the Richard Beatty Mellon Estate, the walkways and fountain of the walled garden at Mellon Park in Shadyside were restored in 2010, along with new plantings,…

Chapel Shelter at Riverview Park with flowers in bloom

Riverview Park Chapel Shelter

The Chapel Shelter in Riverview Park closed in 2005, and funds were allocated for its demolition. With the help of the City and additional funders, the Parks Conservancy led an effort to…

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Phipps Run

At Phipps Run in Schenley Park, a muddy corridor was reconstructed as a new stream bed and trail in 2004. The re-establishment of the stream marked the essential first step…

Riverview Park sign with Chapel Shelter in background

Park Signage and Trail Restoration

In 2010, the Parks Conservancy and City of Pittsburgh improved almost six miles of trails and installed nearly 100 directional and interpretive signs throughout the, at the time, four regional parks. The…

McKinley Park benches and plants

McKinley Park

This 79-acre community park is a gathering place for the Beltzhoover neighborhood. With the aid of local government and state funding, the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy led the project to restore this important community…

SP Mary Schenley Fountain outside of Frick Fine Arts Building with people sitting around it

Mary Schenley Memorial Fountain

Bringing the Mary E. Schenley Memorial Fountain back to life was another step in restoring the significant historic features of Schenley Park. Restoration of the fountain was necessary because of cracks, staining,…

A person walking on a trail through autumn leaves

Highland Park Seasonal Pools

In 2006, the Parks Conservancy and the City of Pittsburgh’s Department of Public Works began the creation of a wetland habitat along Washington Boulevard in Highland Park. A series of depressions were…

Image of the Highland Park entry fountain and garden

Highland Park Entry Garden

By the late 20th Century, the grand Victorian entryway that once greeted Highland Park visitors had fallen into disrepair. The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and the Highland Park community sought to return this jewel of landscape design to the…

A person walking over small bridge in Highland Park

Highland Park Babbling Brook

Water from a nearby microfiltration plant on its way to Lake Carnegie is naturally cleaned and aerated through exposure to the air as the water flows over rocks in this unique water…

Frick Park's stone gatehouse with people walking and biking through

Frick Park Reynolds Street Gatehouse

In 2000, the Parks Conservancy restored the 70-year-old gatehouse at Reynolds Street using plans from the original architect, John Russell Pope, and landscape architects, Innocenti and Webel. The leaking asphalt roof was replaced with…

A sign displaying August Wilson Park

August Wilson Park

Located in Pittsburgh’s historic Hill District, August Wilson Park, formerly Cliffside Park, serves as a vibrant neighborhood hub. Restored in 2016, the Parks Conservancy Education team, working alongside neighborhood and community organizations, helps activate the space for park lovers of all ages. 

Featured Park Project

Schenley Plaza

Operated by the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Schenley Plaza is located between the Carnegie and Hillman Libraries, the Cathedral of Learning, and the Frick Fine Arts Building. Formerly an asphalt parking lot, this much-loved community greenspace attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year, providing gathering places, entertainment, and a grand entrance to Schenley Park.

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Your Parks Matter

Parks thrive when they have sun, soil, rain…and you. You ensure programs are offered, trees are planted, capital projects are funded, flowers are tended to, research is pursued. There is nothing the parks can’t do with you behind them.