Pittsburgh in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Frick Park Today
Frick Park is a place of wonder and enjoyment, thanks to its many strong partnerships and dedicated supporters. Chief among them are the City of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Nine Mile Run Watershed Association, and scores of volunteers.
All appreciate that Frick is an ideal landscape from the noise and bustle of the city. This 644-acre park has the most extensive areas of natural vegetation of any of Pittsburgh's large Regional Parks, thanks to the original plan which confines most facilities to its outer edges. As Pittsburgh's "Nature Park," its core area of woods and stream valley have been preserved for natural habitat and trails.
The Frick Environmental Center is the gateway to that experience. In these four acres, you will find new structures that are designed to act in concert with natural processes, conserving water and generating power. You will discover how a sustainable site actually works. The surrounding gardens are a vibrant introduction to the park's native plants. And special features like the fountain and amphitheater express the park's heritage as a gathering place
To the north, across Forbes Avenue, you can explore the rest of the park's original acreage, snugged in between Homewood Cemetery and Braddock Avenue. Follow the ridgeline trail until you emerge at the only public Lawn Bowling Greens in Pennsylvania. Here you will also find a circular stone seating area on the edge of the woods and the Reynolds Street Gatehouse, just across the street from the Frick Art & Historical Center at Clayton, once home to the Frick family.
To the east lies the Braddock Avenue playground, designed by artists to stimulate a child's imagination. This popular area of the park also offers clay tennis courts, ball fields, and the historic Biddle Building, which serves Citiparks programs. A rain garden in front shows how rain water can be directed into absorbent garden areas rather than into pipes.
The bulk of the park opens up to the south. Along Beechwood Boulevard, you will find the Blue Slide Playground, vast meadow vistas (a remnant of the former golf course), and an Off Leash Exercise Area for dogs. Just beyond from the top of Riverview Hill, is a spectacular viewing point of the Monongahela River Valley. Trails wind downslope into the lovely Fern Hollow and the reclaimed Nine Mile Run, leading to the Duck Hollow neighborhood and the Monongahela River.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational Areas • Settlements & Settlers • Sports.
Location. 40° 26.219′ N, 79° 54.458′ W. Marker is in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in Allegheny County. Marker can be reached from Beechwood Boulevard 0.1 miles east of Shaw Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1981 Beechwood Blvd, Pittsburgh PA 15217, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Frick Family (here, next to this marker); Park Development (here, next to this marker); From Slavery to Freedom Garden (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named From Slavery to Freedom Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to the Frick Woods / Pennsylvania - Forest Land (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Homewood Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); In Honor of Service (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pittsburgh.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 15, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 14, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 39 times since then. Last updated on September 14, 2020, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 14, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.