Point State Park http://wesa.fm en Learn to Pogo and Wrestle Alligators at 2014 Regatta http://wesa.fm/post/learn-pogo-and-wrestle-alligators-2014-regatta <p>Americans have long celebrated the Fourth of July with fireworks, picnics and community gatherings, but ... pogo sticks?</p><p>The annual EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta and Fourth of July festivities will have many returning events and a few new twists this year, including extreme pogo championship Pogopalooza and a visit from several History Channel stars.</p><p>The celebration will last July 2-4 and culminate in Friday’s “Flashes of Freedom” Zambelli fireworks display, which will be launched from barges near Point State Park at 9:35pm.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 11:41:16 +0000 Kaye Burnet 31821 at http://wesa.fm EZ-Launch Boating System To Be Installed At Point State Park http://wesa.fm/post/ez-launch-boating-system-be-installed-point-state-park <p>Kayakers and canoeists with disabilities soon will have better access to Pittsburgh’s rivers.</p><p>The Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation will be installing an “EZ Launch” system at the Point along with ADA-compliant restrooms and an accessible route to Pittsburgh’s downtown.</p><p>The launching area includes rollers that smoothly move boats in and out of the water, along with a transfer bench for wheelchair users. The dock will provide disabled boaters with a safe place to move from wheelchair, to bench, to boat and vice versa.</p> Sun, 04 Aug 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 13926 at http://wesa.fm Point State Park Fountain Being Tested for Legionella Bacteria http://wesa.fm/post/point-state-park-fountain-being-tested-legionella-bacteria <p>About a month after its re-opening, the fountain at Point State Park is being tested by the Allegheny County Department of Health for Legionella.</p><p>The move follows a report of one person coming down with Legionnaires' disease after a visit to the fountain. County health officials say it’s unlikely the infection came from the fountain, but they are testing it as a precaution.</p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 16:43:56 +0000 Deanna Garcia 12438 at http://wesa.fm At 249 Years Old, the Block House is Holding Strong http://wesa.fm/post/249-years-old-block-house-holding-strong <p>The oldest man-made structure in Pittsburgh is looking pretty good, according to a local architecture firm hired to assess the Block House in Point State Park.</p><p>The building will celebrate its 250<sup>th</sup> year in 2014, and its owners are hoping to spruce it up a bit before blowing up the balloons and cutting the cake.</p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 19:04:38 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 11879 at http://wesa.fm At 249 Years Old, the Block House is Holding Strong What To Expect At This Year's Three Rivers Regatta http://wesa.fm/post/what-expect-years-three-rivers-regatta <p>More than 500,000 people attend the 4<sup>th</sup> of July extravaganza every year, flooding the banks of the Allegheny River, Point State Park and the North Shore river-walk for the annual Three Rivers Regatta.</p><p>This year should be no different.</p><p>The powerboat championships, rock n’ roll and the “Anything That Floats” boat race are returning, but the 2013 Regatta Board has added some new features for this year’s celebration.</p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 18:21:05 +0000 Michael Lynch 11661 at http://wesa.fm Photos: Point State Park Fountain Flow Back in the Pittsburgh Skyline http://wesa.fm/post/photos-point-state-park-fountain-flow-back-pittsburgh-skyline <p>90.5 WESA&nbsp;Programming intern Reid Carter ventured down to Point State Park Friday evening to catch some photos of the official re-launch of the iconic fountain.</p><p></p> Sat, 08 Jun 2013 14:23:41 +0000 Tammy Terwelp 11049 at http://wesa.fm Photos: Point State Park Fountain Flow Back in the Pittsburgh Skyline Welcoming Back the Point State Park Fountain http://wesa.fm/post/welcoming-back-point-state-park-fountain <p></p><p>It's been four years since the fountain in Point State Park was last in operation. The fountain and the Park were in constant use, without any renovations for more than 30 years, until Pittsburgh's 250th anniversary. The reopening of the fountain marks the final phase of a 6 year renovation process, which has been documented on the Riverlife Taskforce <a href="http://www.riverlifetaskforce.org/">Blog</a> with before and after photos.</p><p>The waterworks resume this weekend, just in time for the <a href="http://www.3riversartsfest.org/">Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival</a>.</p><blockquote><p>Guest: <strong>Lisa Schroeder</strong> is President and Chief Executive Officer of <a href="http://www.riverlifetaskforce.org/">Riverlife Pittsburgh</a> a group that's promoting the rebirth of Point State Park and the fountain. Thu, 06 Jun 2013 22:34:20 +0000 Heather McClain 10948 at http://wesa.fm Welcoming Back the Point State Park Fountain Photos: A Look Back at Point State Park Over the Decades http://wesa.fm/post/photos-look-back-point-state-park-over-decades <p>After years of reconstruction, the fountain at the Point will be turned back on <a href="http://www.wesa.fm/post/what-know-fridays-point-state-park-fountain-unveiling">this Friday</a>.<br /><br />Since April 2009, Point State Park has undergone a $35 million renovation, including $9.6 million for the fountain makeover.<br /><br />Point State Park's history goes back decades, with planning for the space beginning in the 1930s. Construction didn’t start until the 1960s, and the original fountain opened in 1974.<br /> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 15:55:41 +0000 WESA Staff 10819 at http://wesa.fm Photos: A Look Back at Point State Park Over the Decades What to Know for Friday's Point State Park Fountain Unveiling http://wesa.fm/post/what-know-fridays-point-state-park-fountain-unveiling <p>After four years, the Point State Park fountain is ready to flow again, but some Pittsburghers won’t be getting as close as they had hoped.</p><p>The Great Lawn, located on the fountain side of the Portal Bridge, will be fenced off and closed to the public Friday night during the celebration at the <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/2013-three-rivers-arts-festival-marks-return-point-state-park-fountain">opening of the Three Rivers Arts Festival</a>.</p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 15:33:55 +0000 Michael Lynch 10753 at http://wesa.fm What to Know for Friday's Point State Park Fountain Unveiling Pittsburgh Kicks Off Summer With Two Weeks of Festivities http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-kicks-summer-two-weeks-festivities <p></p><p>Look alive, Pittsburgh — two of the year's busiest weeks are upon us.</p><p>On Thursday, the Pittsburgh Wow! Partnership, a collaboration between some the city’s most prominent cultural, business and civic entities, announced a two-week bonanza of events meant to highlight and contribute to the city’s vibrancy.</p><p>Taking place from June 7 to June 16, events include rededicating the Point State Park fountain, playing host to the Three Rivers Arts Festival, commemorating the completion of the Great Allegheny Passage and cheering on the Pirates at a string of home games.</p> Thu, 23 May 2013 20:06:58 +0000 Margaret J. Krauss 10088 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Kicks Off Summer With Two Weeks of Festivities