Although heralded as a major urban city, Pittsburgh is also known for its large urban parks and green spaces. These spaces have helped brighten the steel city into a scenic and beautiful metropolis which is begging to be explored by tourists and residents alike. The city itself has five large urban parks, as well as countless other green spaces, parks, and plazas which bring the city to life.
One of the most iconic parks in the city is Point State Park. Placed on the former site of Fort Pitt, the park was almost turned into a large observation monument by world-renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright. After rejecting Wright, the city bought the land and turned it into the landmark it is today. With its notable fountain and placement at the joining of the city's three rivers, it has become a notable tourist destination.
The largest of Pittsburgh’s park land lies at Frick Park. The 561 acre land lies just outside of the city, and is known for its extensive trail system and large environmental center. Just north of the city lies Highland Park, which is notable for its use as a reservoir, where most of the city’s water supply comes from. Highland Park is also used as the site of the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium, which is another of the city's most visited attractions.
Close to downtown lies Schenley Park, known to be a favorite local hangout for students at the University of Pittsburgh, which lies just to the west of the park. Finally, on the North Shore of Pittsburgh lies Riverview Park. Although relatively unknown to the general populous, this park is a hidden treasure with its scenic walkways and views of the city.
Pittsburgh is a city which is begging to be explored, and these parks and green spaces are full of interesting things to see and do. For more information about these parks, visit the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy website.
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