When we put out the call for Pittsburghers to weigh in on future projects in Schenley Park, hundreds and hundreds of you made your voice heard.
With input from so many people, Parks Conservancy staff and consultants have made big strides in developing a concept plan for Schenley Park and, more broadly, the Four Mile Run Watershed. The idea? Redirect stormwater -- that usually goes into sewer pipes, causing problems & costing money for water treatment -- into the park, through green infrastructure projects that add amenities and increase park health for all.
In late 2016, the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) published the City-Wide Green First Plan. In it, they identified six priority areas for early green infrastructure projects. Based on their findings, focusing stormwater management efforts first on priority areas like the Four Mile Run Watershed -- and within it, Schenley Park -- would yield the biggest results; namely, fewer flooded basements and combined sewer overflow (CSO) incidents.
Because the Four Mile Run Watershed touches so many neighborhoods (Greenfield, Squirrel Hill, Oakland, and Hazelwood) and is used by a variety of residents, park visitors, and commuters, it was important to hear feedback from as many people as possible.
So the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy staff and consultants Phronesis set out to collect as much input as possible to shape this new project. Over the course of a year, through community meetings, guided walks in the park, and online surveys, we gathered feedback from hundreds of park users like you. Click here for a summary of the community’s feedback.
- Panther Hollow Lake and wetland
- Junction Hollow Trail
- Monongahela River outlet