From Pa. Governor's office:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Oct. 11, 2006
GOVERNOR RENDELL SAYS POINT STATE PARK TO GET A MAJOR FACELIFT WITH STATE’S $25 M INVESTMENT
PITTSBURGH — Governor Edward G. Rendell today said the commonwealth will invest $25 million to make Point State Park in Pittsburgh a spectacular symbol of the city with improved green spaces, recreational opportunities and interpretation of its significance in the history of our country.
“Point State Park has something for everyone – tourists, downtown workers, history buffs, nearby residents,” Governor Rendell said. “Our $25 million investment will make it even more attractive as the symbol of Pittsburgh and the city’s renaissance, a valuable regional asset, a place to reflect on history, and a great way for people to connect to our rivers.
“Green spaces and parks are valuable assets in our efforts to revitalize our communities, attract new businesses and keep workers in Pennsylvania. They also help to keep families healthy, so they deserve our attention and investment.”
The $25 million will come from the state’s capital budget.
“Now more than 35 years old, Point State Park is in great need of improvements to its outdated infrastructure,” Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Michael DiBerardinis said at an event at the park announcing the funding. “This facelift will give people who visit Point State Park the opportunity to connect with the great outdoors by biking, rollerblading, strolling and interacting with the water -- all in the heart of the city.”
A master plan for Point State Park developed with community involvement calls for two phases of work to the park. The first phase, concentrated on the city side of the park, is about to get underway and is expected to be completed by the end of 2007.
The second phase of upgrades on the riverside of the park will include:
Pathways for cycling and rollerblading;
A seating area around the fountain for easier interaction with the fountain’s water;
Water steps to the rivers;
A restored promenade along the river edge;
A causeway, water landings and marine tie-ups on the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers;
Information and concession kiosks;
Renovated public restrooms;
Sculptural installations that interpret the history, indigenous cultures and natural resources of the park;
New connections between Point State Park and the Three Rivers Heritage Trail and between Point State Park and the Great Allegheny Passage Trail (the cycling trails that run along the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers, respectively); and
Improved water filtration systems and pumps for the fountain.
A time frame for the second phase of the work has not yet been determined.
Partners in the planned improvements to Point State Park include the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pittsburgh 250 Commission and the Riverlife Task Force.
For more information on Point State Park, visit the DCNR Web site at http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us.