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.

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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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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…

Highland Park Entry 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…

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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…

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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…

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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.  Before 2009,…

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.