Photo: The semi-circular arch bridge near Serpentine Drive in Schenley Park. Photos courtesy of Matthew Falcone.
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There is now a comprehensive, interactive website with all the information you need about Pittsburgh’s parks and recreation programs.
At what hours are the swimming pools open? Can you book a refuge? What special events are taking place this week? All the answers can be found on the new Citiparks website.
In addition to the site, there is an interactive 160-mile trail guide superimposed on an aerial photo of the city. You can check the elevation, length and difficulty rating of a trail. There are options for everyone from “Park Pathway” to “Advanced”. Some even come with special instructions. For example, the site notes that the Iron Gate Trail at Frick Park is “heavily used by mountain bikers coming down from the uphill section.” Walkers, beware!
The new Citiparks site not only features detailed information on the five regional parks (Schenley, Frick, Riverview, Emerald View and Highland), but also on the city’s 10 community parks, five waterfront parks and 150 neighborhood parks. Neighborhood parks can be searched by name or neighborhood and show you the address and all the amenities the park has to offer, such as playgrounds, dog parks, and basketball courts.
“This crucial information has been missing for far too long,” Mayor Bill Peduto said in a statement. “We have always known the social, health and economic impacts of having access to parks and recreation spaces, but during the pandemic we all saw firsthand how much we relied on our parks. Now we are able to provide the people of Pittsburgh with a place to learn more about their parks like never before.
Did you know that the city’s newest community park is August Wilson Park in the Hill District? It was previously known as Cliffside Park because it ran along Cliff Street and overlooked the Allegheny River. In 2016, it was redesigned and renamed August Wilson Park, in honor of the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright whose home is located nearby at 1727 Bedford Ave.
The trails have been mapped by the City’s Innovation and Performance Department. The data will also aid in planning, maintenance and public safety.