Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy leadership has been closely monitoring the rapidly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) global health emergency. Our first priority is always the health and safety of park visitors, program and event attendees, staff, volunteers, friends, and neighbors.
Many of you may be aware that Governor Tom Wolf issued a Stay-at-Home order through April 30, 2020 to help combat the spread of COVID-19. The order was issued for 26 counties, including Allegheny County.
The parks are open and usable during the Stay-at-Home order for essential activities such as running, walking and hiking. Remember to follow social distancing and other personal health recommendations from the CDC during your time in the parks. Also, as stated by Governor Wolf, please wear a mask if you leave your house. Masks help keep those wearing them from sharing illnesses. See instructions on how to make your own mask using materials you have at home: pa.gov/covid-19
Parks are essential. These are stressful times. Parks are a healthy way to deal with the uncertainty that may be arising due to the coronavirus. Here are four ways to safely enjoy essential outdoor activities in the parks, with social distancing:
- Walk Your Furry Friend
- Hike Your Favorite Trail
- Explore the Urban Forest While Enjoying a Run
- Get In Your Daily Steps
Park systems in other cities and around the world are closing because people are not following proper physical distancing. If we stick together by staying apart, we can help ensure that our park system stays open and safe for all at a time when we need them more than ever.
Safety is of the utmost importance as we navigate through these unprecedented times. Following recommendations and guidelines provided by experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization, the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and the City of Pittsburgh will be taking the following steps effective April 3, 2020:
- Closing all Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy facilities to staff and visitors in order to comply with Governor Wolf's mandate of closing all non-life-sustaining businesses until further notice. These facilities include the Frick Environmental Center, Parks Conservancy South Side offices, Schenley Plaza and maintenance building, Schenley Park Cafe and Visitor Center, and the horticultural and forestry facility on English Lane.
- Due to the increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases, and the increasing risk of exposure, the City of Pittsburgh is temporarily closing all playgrounds at this time. We will continue to provide updates as they become available. Learn more here: https://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/
- The City of Pittsburgh is closing its basketball, tennis and pickleball courts, as well as overlooks and fields to further enforce the social distancing rules necessary to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Park Rangers and Police are patrolling parks more closely to provide reminders of proper social distancing, and Public Works is posting more signs to remind park and playground users of closures. Learn more here: https://pittsburghpa.gov/press-releases/press-releases/3831
- Due to the COVID19 Virus Outbreak ALL Citiparks Facilities are closed until further notice.This includes: Recreation Centers, Senior Centers, Oliver Bath House, Mellon Park Tennis Center, Schenley Ice Rink AND ALL program related activities. Learn more here: https://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/
- Postponing all programs and special events through May 10
- Click here to view our list of Frequently Asked Questions
Please note, public restrooms maintained by the Parks Conservancy are closed. These include restrooms at the Frick Environmental Center, Schenley Plaza, and Schenley Visitor Center.
We are in regular communication with City, state, and county health experts as we continue to monitor the situation. Circumstances will continue to change, but we will be in regular communication.
Check back here for updates and follow us on social media @pittsburghparks for the most up-to-date information.