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Pittsburgh Parks System

Park & Parkway Systems

Pittsburgh Parks System
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

For the past ten years Heritage Landscapes has provided preservation landscape architecture services for the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy (PPC) for planning, construction and volunteer projects addressing Pittsburgh regional parks, in collaboration with the Pittsburgh Department of Public Works and City Planning (DPW).  The Pittsburgh Regional Parks Master Plan, completed in 2001, addressed the 1700 acres of the historic Frick, Highland, Riverview and Schenley Parks.  Following multi-disciplinary team comprehensive planning, Heritage Landscapes completed a series of implementation initiatives to include capital projects, staff elements, and volunteer undertakings on behalf of PPC in collaboration with DPW.

At Frick Park Heritage Landscapes facilitated the Reynolds Street Entry rehabilitation including renewal and repair of stone retaining walls, flagstone walks and granite curbs, and entry landscape plantings.  We provided the pre-design of the Frick Park Education Center landscape, scope, and preliminary budgets for PPC.  In Schenley Park Heritage Landscapes designed and constructed the Window on the Park project around the rehabilitated historic Visitor Center and interpretive and wayfinding signage, both indoors and out in the park. For Phipps Run stream stabilization and trail, we provided sketches, details, and on site guidance for DPW crews.  The Highland Park Welcome Entry project rehabilitated the grand 19th century entry with its fountain basin and 12,000 square feet of gardens and as a community gathering place. With respect for the 1930s spatial organization, we created construction documents for each entry component. In Riverview Park we created documents for a multi-phase rehabilitation of the landscape at Riverview Chapel Shelter. We also worked with the PPC, the Student Conservation Association and Pittsburgh’s Partners in Parks to stabilize eroded slopes and repair degraded trails.   Heritage Landscapes planned the work and provided illustrated directions for erosion control, trail repair, suppression of invasive species and vegetation inventory. The Riverview Park Chapel Shelter and landscape was completed in 2008 and is widely acclaimed. Four project awards have been received to date.

Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy in cooperation with City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works

Regional Parks Master Plan Update, lead LBA, 2011, Pittsburgh Natural Areas Study, 2009-2010; Riverview Chapel Shelter Landscape Renewal, 2004-2006; Regional Parks Master Plan: A New Ethic of Stewardship, team member 2001; Schenley Park Visitor Center Landscape Rehabilitation, Wayfinding & Interpretive Signs, 2001; Frick Park Homewood Entry Rehabilitation, 2000; Highland Park Welcome Entry Rehabilitation; and Volunteer Project Guidance & Training Summaries

Project Credits:  
Heritage Landscapes, with LDA, Architects, for Frick Park Entry & Schenley Park Visitor Center; La Quatra Bonci/Michael Stern team lead for Pittsburgh Regional Parks Master Plan