'Great Lawn' re-opens at Pittsburgh's Point State Park
Point State Park's "Great Lawn" has re-opened after two years of renovations, the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced today.
The Great Lawn is the site of Fort Duquesne, the French fort built in 1754. The fort is gone, but a granite outline marks where it's walls used to be. The renovation added lights to the outline.
In addition to the lawn, which was re-graded and reseeded, the state made improvements to the "Woodlands" that frame the lawn. Dead and hazardous trees were removed and over 54,000 native trees, shrubs, groundcover and wildflowers were planted.
Because the plants need more time to establish themselves, the woodlands will remain fenced in.
The next phase of construction begins this summer with renovations to the wharf areas and walkways along the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers. During this phase, the wharf and fountain will be fenced off.