Point State Park

PSP Award
4:05 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Point State Park in Top 10 for Design

After a 12-year $35 million renovation effort, Point State Park has been named nationally as one of the “10 Great Public Spaces of 2014” by the American Planning Association.

Lisa Schroeder, President and CEO of Riverlife, says the restoration was much needed.

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3:57 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Even the Plants in Point State Park Historically Relevant

Philip Bauerle, Interim Penn State Master Gardener Coordinator stands before one of the gardens being tended by his crew in Point State Park Wednesday morning.
Credit Charlee Song / 90.5 WESA

Penn State Master Gardeners, as partners with the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, have been working in Point State Park refurbishing the historic flower beds put in on Earth Day. 

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Religion & Faith
1:08 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Pray for Peace in Point State Park

Representatives of Pittsburgh’s Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities will gather at Point State Park Wednesday for a 15-minute silent prayer vigil focused on ending violence and conflict.

Starting at noon, participants will hold white flowers and pray for peace in Central America, Ukraine, and elsewhere. The ceremony will end a quarter hour later with the ringing of a bell.

Helene Paharik, associate general secretary with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, said the prayer will not include any spoken words or speeches.

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Three Rivers Regatta
7:41 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Learn to Pogo and Wrestle Alligators at 2014 Regatta

Americans have long celebrated the Fourth of July with fireworks, picnics and community gatherings, but ... pogo sticks?

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.

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.

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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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12:43 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Point State Park Fountain Being Tested for Legionella Bacteria

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.

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.

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3:04 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

At 249 Years Old, the Block House is Holding Strong

The Block House in Point State Park is approaching 250 years old is said to be in good condition.
Credit Roy Engelbrecht

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.

The building will celebrate its 250th year in 2014, and its owners are hoping to spruce it up a bit before blowing up the balloons and cutting the cake.

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Arts & Culture
2:21 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

What To Expect At This Year's Three Rivers Regatta

More than 500,000 people attend the 4th 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.

This year should be no different.

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.

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Fountain on!
10:23 am
Sat June 8, 2013

Photos: Point State Park Fountain Flow Back in the Pittsburgh Skyline

The Point State Park fountain on at last on Friday, June 7th.
Reid Carter/90.5 WESA

90.5 WESA 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.

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.

11:55 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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Arts & Culture
4:06 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Pittsburgh Kicks Off Summer With Two Weeks of Festivities

Two weeks of arts, culture and sporting events will kick off with the rededication of the Point State Park fountain on June 7.
Credit Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

Look alive, Pittsburgh — two of the year's busiest weeks are upon us.

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.

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.

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