Schenley Plaza Oakland's green oasis

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.

The Plaza features:

A one-acre lawn

Ever-changing ornamental gardens, and landscaping featuring plants native to western Pennsylvania

Dining kiosks

Offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Free Programs

Free fitness, family, and entertainment programs

Tented Area

A tented area, chairs, and café tables

Additional Park Highlights
  • The PNC Carousel
  • Unlimited, free wifi
  • Clean, wheelchair-accessible restrooms
  • 24-hour security

Used as a parking lot for decades, the five-acre Schenley Plaza was restored to its intended use by the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and its community partners in 2006. A second phase of the Plaza's revitalization, the restoration of the Mary Schenley Memorial Fountain, was completed in 2008. Future plans for the site include the restoration of the Magee Memorial Fountain in front of the Carnegie Library. A full-service restaurant, The Porch at Schenley, opened in the Plaza in the fall of 2011.

  • Silver Award for Environmentally Sustainable Projects from The International Awards for Livable Communities (2009)
  • IDA Pinnacle Award for Public Space from the International Downtown Association (2009)
  • Commonwealth Award (Silver) from 10thousand Friends of Pennsylvania (2009)
  • Best Place to Hang Out from The Pitt News (2008)
  • 10 Best Bet Award from / Trusted Advice for Travelers (2008)
  • Dominion Community Impact Award (2006)

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The PNC Carousel carries on an historic tradition of carousels in Pittsburgh parks

The original Schenley Park Carousel was opened to the public at the corner of Panther Hollow and Greenfield roads in 1913. Both today's carousel and the original showcased a menagerie of animals that symbolize the fellowship and diversity of Pittsburgh.

Erected in 2006, this Victorian-style carousel was built by American craftsmen and generously funded by the PNC Financial Services Group. The PNC Carousel is Schenley Plaza’s feature family attraction. Visitors of all ages and abilities can enjoy its lively colors and old-fashioned pipe organ music.

Hours of Operation:

The PNC Carousel will be open from April 9 - October during the 2021 season. 

Hours of Operation: 

  • Wednesday - Sunday
  • 10:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.
2021 Season Family Passes

You and your family can ride the carousel without tokens all season with a Family Season Pass! Season Passes are valid for two adults and up to four children.

Purchase Your Pass Here

Purchase a Season Pass as a Gift Here

*All 2020 season passes will be valid for the 2021 carousel season.*


Riding the Carousel
  • Tokens for rides on the carousel can be purchased at the token machine located by the carousel for $2.
  • The carousel is primarily intended for our younger park users. We ask that riders over 18 use one of the many stationary animals. 
  • Children 3 years and younger should be accompanied by an adult. Adults accompanying these children do not need tokens.
  • The carousel is wheelchair accessible; an operator is available for assistance.


PNC Carousel Sponsored Animals

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of the following individuals and organizations, every animal on the PNC Carousel has been adopted. Their support keeps Schenley Plaza beautiful and safe for the families of Pittsburgh.

Eagle: “Freedom”

Adopted by Anna and Ed Dunlap and Family

Horse: “Krissy’s Lily”

Adopted by Mr. and Mrs. James E. Rohr

Dolphin: “Sea Diver”

Adopted by George and Jane Greer

Sea Dragon: “Puff”

Adopted by The Charity Randall Foundation

Giraffe: “Troy Polamalu”

Adopted by Audrey and Tim Fisher in honor of their children and grandchildren

Rabbit: “Rrraaa-bit’!”

Adopted by John and Catharine Ryan and their dogs, Darby and Seamus

Chariot: “Accessible Chariot”

Adopted by FISA Foundation

Spinning Tub: “Malena’s Marvelous Planetary Teacup”

Adopted by the Rhoades family

Camel: “Harry Skettle”

Adopted by Laura Rose and Alex

Pig: “Henrietta”

Adopted by Elsie Hillman

Triceratops: “Topper”

Adopted by Marjorie Burns Haller

Seal: “R Merry Seal”

Adopted by Gookin Family Foundation

Panther: “Pitt the Panther”

Adopted by Henry and Linda Haller

Tiger: “Toofus”

Adopted by DSF Charitable Foundation: David and Sara Scaife and their son David

Sea Horse: “Hippicamp”

Adopted by the Syngnathid family

Elephant: “Nancy”

Adopted by Alex and Tonja Condron in memory of their mother

Ostrich: “Oscar”

Adopted by Babcock Charitable Trust

PNC Carousel Activity Book

Download the official PNC Carousel Activity Book! This is coloring and activity book is fun for people of all ages.  

Click here to download the activity book!

Dining at Schenley Plaza

Food Kiosk Asia Tea House

Offers fresh sushi and other Asian cuisine such as fried rice and egg rolls.

Food Kiosk Mesa

Brings a bit of New Mexico to the Plaza with tamales, enchiladas, and other flavorful dishes.

Full Service Restaurant The Porch at Schenley

A full-service restaurant located in the Plaza’s northwest corner near the Hillman Library.