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Schenley Plaza

Between the Carnegie and Hillman Libraries and the Cathedral of Learning and Frick Fine Arts Building sits Schenley Plaza, Oakland's green oasis. The Plaza's features include:

  • Four dining kiosks offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Free public entertainment throughout the season
  • The PNC Carousel, the Plaza's feature family attraction
  • Movable chairs and café tables
  • A tented area for shade 
  • Unlimited free wireless internet access
  • Clean, wheelchair-accessible restrooms
  • 24-hour security

Used as a parking lot for decades, the five-acre Schenley Plaza was restored to its intended use by The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and its community partners in 2006. A second phase of the Plaza's revitalization, the restoration of the Mary Schenley Memorial Fountain, was completed in 2008. Future plans for the site include the restoration of the Magee Memorial Fountain in front of the Carnegie Library. A full-service restaurant, The Porch at Schenley, opened in the Plaza's northwest corner in the fall of 2011. Click here to visit the website.


  • Silver Award for Environmentally Sustainable Projects from The International Awards for Livable Communities (2009)
  • IDA Pinnacle Award for Public Space from the International Downtown Association (2009)
  • Commonwealth Award (Silver) from 10thousand Friends of Pennsylvania (2009)
  • Best Place to Hang Out from The Pitt News (2008)
  • 10 Best Bet Award from / Trusted Advice for Travelers (2008)
  • Dominion Community Impact Award (2006)


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