Pittsburgh Parks Initiative

Pittsburgh's regional parks are steeped in our shared history, so much so that the City of Pittsburgh's Cultural Resource Plan recommends listing each on the National Register of Historic Places.  In partnership with the City of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and other neighbors we're working to have Frick Park, Highland Park, & Riverview Park join Schenley Park & Allegheny Commons on the National Register of Historic Places by 2020.

Learn more about the parks, their status, and the project through the links below.


Frick - 2018

At the request of his daughter Helen, Henry Clay Frick bequest 151 acres to the City in 1919.  The park opened to the public in 1927 and continued to expand to become Pittsburgh's largest.  It is also the first park we're pursuing a National Register listing.  Find out more about the project through the button below.


Highland - 2019

Highland Park's origins date to the creation of a reservoir for the City in 1879 and would open its doors to the public in 1899.  The park would house the largest zoological park and aquarium while the reservoir system continues to define the visual landscape of the park overall.  More on the park and its project status below.


Riverview - 2020

Created in 1894 from farmland, the park was Allegheny City's response to the creation of Schenley Park in Pittsburgh.  It ounce housed a small zoological park, elk paddock, a bear pit, and merry-go-round.  Today the park houses a complex system of trails and is home to the historic Allegheny Observatory.