Project Updates: Chicken Hill (McKinley Park) And Four Mile Run Watershed (Including Schenley Park)

March 17, 2017 by Lauryn Stalter

This year, we're excited to be collaborating with communities to shape two plans that will have a city-wide stormwater impact through projects in McKinley Park and the Four Mile Run Watershed (which includes Schenley Park).

We're thrilled to have worked alongside so many residents in the planning of these projects. With two constructive community meetings already under our belts, we look forward to two more this month and next. Check out the current concept designs through the links below, and join in on the discussion at the upcoming public meetings.

The restored McKinley Park entrance. Photo: Jeremy Marshall

Chicken Hill (McKinley Park)

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy's first major project in McKinley Park was the revitalization of the park's Beltzhoover entrance, which reconnected the 78.5-acre park to its users and community.

Last year, we were awarded a Great Urban Parks Campaign grant for a green infrastructure project in McKinley Park by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and American Planning Association (APA). This project will target stormwater management in the Chicken Hill area, just a short distance from the revitalized park entrance.

See the conceptual design for the Chicken Hill project here.

Please join us at the upcoming community meeting, where the project design team will be seeking input. 

McKinley Park (Chicken Hill) Community Meeting
March 30th, 6 - 8pm
McKinley Activities Center (900 Delmont Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15210)
Click here to register for this meeting

The tufa bridges in Schenley Park. Photo: Jeremy Marshall

Four Mile Run Watershed (includes Panther Hollow Watershed and Schenley Park)

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy has been restoring Panther Hollow Watershed in Schenley Park for over 10 years and recently expanded this project in partnership with Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA), the City of Pittsburgh, ALCOSAN, the URA, and other key stakeholders to include Four Mile Run Watershed.

Work began on a plan for green infrastructure improvements in the Four Mile Run Watershed in 2016. Aimed at reducing frequent flooding in the section of Greenfield known as the Run, this project will also restore local ecologies and improve park connectivity. Four Mile Run Watershed includes the neighborhoods of Greenfield, Squirrel Hill, Oakland, and Hazelwood.

See the conceptual design and background information for the Four Mile Run Watershed project here.

Please join us at the upcoming community meeting, where the project design team will be seeking input. 

Four Mile Run Watershed Community Meeting
April 27th, 6 - 8pm
Jewish Community Center (5738 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15217)
Click here to register for this meeting


For over fifteen years, the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy has taken a leading role in the advocacy of green infrastructure in our city, and has had green infrastructure elements in every major parks improvement project. As a principal environmental champion for the Pittsburgh region, the Parks Conservancy’s continued focus on green infrastructure is a natural fit. Green infrastructure aims to improve community assets – like meadows that both manage stormwater and provide aesthetically pleasing community spaces - while reducing flooding and erosion, and providing or maintaining wildlife habitat.

Green infrastructure installations manage storm water while also keeping our greenspaces beautiful and healthy.

Ecological Restoration, Neighborhood and Community Parks, Panther Hollow Watershed, Stormwater and Green Infrastructure