Parklet proposed for Eighth, Penn avenues in Downtown Pittsburgh
By Sam Spatter
Published: Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, 9:50 p.m.
Downtown Pittsburgh may get another parklet to augment its mixture of parks, pocket parks and plazas that dot the Golden Triangle.
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust intends to brief the city Planning Commission about the idea on Tuesday.
The trust wants to turn a grassy corner it owns at Eighth and Penn avenues into a parklet by paving it and installing metal benches, a water fountain, a bottle filler for water and carbonated water, and landscaping along Penn that would end at a parking garage.
The estimated $250,000 project would include a section for parking bicycles. Bike lanes are among the ideas Mayor Bill Peduto has suggested for remaking the city's transportation network.
People seem to like the idea.
“It would be nice to have something like that. It does not look attractive now,” said Sarah Patridge of Uniontown, who was Downtown on Sunday to see the musical “Wicked” at the Benedum Center.
Ali Chain, a sophomore at Point Park University, says she's always happy to see a park.
“I'm always for parks. There's really nothing better than seeing a green space in the middle of a city, even if it's small,” she said.
Downtown has three large parks — Point State Park, Mellon Square Park and the park built by PNC Bank opposite its operations center along First Avenue.
Other green spaces and plazas exist. PNC had a hand in making Triangle Park at Fifth and Liberty avenues, opposite its PNC Plaza 2, home of the Fairmont Hotel.
One early plaza is located at Sixth Street and Liberty Avenue, next to Heinz Hall. Another is at the EQT Tower on Liberty Avenue.
On Penn Avenue, next to the O'Reilly Theater, is Agnes R. Katz Plaza, which features sculptures.
Across Seventh Street, a small corner park contains sculptures that look like magnolia trees in bloom.
Recently, Point Park University, as part of its Academic Village, established a small plaza at Wood Street and Boulevard of the Allies.
Sam Spatter is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach him at 412-320-7843 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Staff writer Rick Wills contributed to this report.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Donor name to be stripped from Penn Hills library
- Web of surveillance videos helps ensnare suspect in East Liberty slayings
- Suspect in East Liberty slayings may be part of murder-for-hire case
- On Pittsburgh visit, ambassador says $15B in aid to Ukraine shows support
- State Superior Court denies ex-Sen. Jane Orie’s corruption appeal
- Pittsburgh area may dodge worst of storm
- How Sochi dressed up on a $51 billion budget
- Newsmaker: Kathleen Fowler
- Newsmaker: Joseph Bonadio
- Struggle to fund pensions in region’s municipalities divisive
- FirstEnergy last to get smart meter OK