Essential Pittsburgh
6:34 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Welcoming Back the Point State Park Fountain

Friday marks the completion of the final phase in the renovation of Point State Park
Credit Image by Pressley Associates, courtesy Riverlife

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 Blog with before and after photos.

The waterworks resume this weekend, just in time for the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival.

Guest: Lisa Schroeder is President and Chief Executive Officer of Riverlife Pittsburgh a group that's promoting the rebirth of Point State Park and the fountain.

11:33 am
Wed June 5, 2013

What to Know for Friday's Point State Park Fountain Unveiling

This 2009 photo shows the Point State Park fountain prior to its renovation but after the completion of renovations to the city side lawn and Great Lawn, woodland areas and riverfront promenades.
Image by Pressley Associates, courtesy Riverlife

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.

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 opening of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.

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