The Point

3:30 am
Sun August 4, 2013

EZ-Launch Boating System To Be Installed At Point State Park

Kayakers and canoeists with disabilities soon will have better access to Pittsburgh’s rivers.

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.

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.

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11:55 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Photos: A Look Back at Point State Park Over the Decades

Before the Point was a state park, the space was used for warehouse and parking space, as shown in this photo from the 1950s.
Courtesy Riverlife

After years of reconstruction, the fountain at the Point will be turned back on this Friday.

Since April 2009, Point State Park has undergone a $35 million renovation, including $9.6 million for the fountain makeover.

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.

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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