Schenley Plaza Improvement Project

Looking for a fun afternoon activity in Oakland? What about spending some time in the sun, grabbing a quick bite, participating in a free event, or even riding a carousel? You can do all this and more at Schenley Plaza!

From 2004 to 2006, the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy renovated the Plaza from an asphalt parking lot to the community hub and beautiful green space it is today. In 2008, there was a second phase that included a restoration of the Mary Schenley Memorial Fountain. The Plaza now serves as a “grand entrance” to Schenley Park, one of Pittsburgh’s largest and most beloved parks. 

The Plaza is a welcoming space with accessible features that can be used by anyone in the Oakland area. There’s unlimited free wifi, wheelchair-accessible restrooms, and a tented area with chairs and cafe tables that is perfect for sheltering from unexpected Pittsburgh weather. On nice days, the one acre lawn is a great space for a picnic or joining one of the Conservancy’s yoga classes. You can also explore the ornamental gardens with plants that are all native to western Pennsylvania. 

If you’re feeling hungry, you can check out The Porch at Schenley, a full-service restaurant or get something quick at one of the food kiosks. Whether you’re hungry for shawarma from Omar’s Halal grill, a breakfast burrito from Tres Amigos, or sushi from Asia Tea House, you’ll find something tasty at the Plaza.

Finally, the PNC Carousel is every kid’s favorite part of the Plaza. The original carousel was opened in 1913 and featured a menagerie of animals to symbolize fellowship and diversity in Pittsburgh. The current carousel, erected in 2006, pays homage to the first and is open to riders every day in the summer for just $2. 

Next time you find yourself in Oakland, be sure to take advantage of everything the Plaza has to offer! And be sure to check out the events held there every day at