A crowd that included Mayor Bill Peduto and Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy president and CEO Jayne Miller gathered this morning in Allegheny Commons to break ground on the rebuilding of the historic Northeast Fountain at Pittsburgh’s oldest park.
The Commons was designed in 1867 to create “breathing places” for the residents of what was then Allegheny City. The goal in rebuilding the park’s dramatic fountain and the area around it is much the same: Not just to beautify the park, but to create an outdoor public gathering space for the whole community.
“The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy is working in partnership with the Allegheny Commons Initiative, the Northside Leadership Conference, and the City of Pittsburgh to bring this fountain back to life,” Miller said at the groundbreaking ceremony. “When completed, the Northeast Fountain project will transform this highly-visible corner into a greenspace overflowing with vitality and promise.”
The effort “is the first project of a long-range master plan developed with community input to restore Pittsburgh’s oldest park and to spur continued revitalization of the Northside community,” she said. “We expect this park improvement will have significant impact on the community on many levels, including health and the local economy.”