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Emerald View Park

Famous view of downtown Pittsburgh from Grand View Scenic Byway Park on Mt. Washington

Grand View Scenic Byway Park is a large municipal park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It encircles the neighborhoods of Mt. Washington, Duquesne Heights and Allentown and offers scenic views of the city that draw more than 1 million visitors annually.

The park, officially created on Earth Day 2007, is 280 acres (1.1 km2). It joins Frick, Schenley, Highland, Riverview, and Three Rivers Parks as the sixth in the city's network of regional parks. Until consolidated, this land was an assortment of existing smaller parks, greenways, forested hillsides, playing fields, and neglected land parcels. It is jointly managed by the city of Pittsburgh and the neighborhood's community development corporation.

History

In the aftermath of a rare tornado in 1998 that touched down in the neighborhood, the park was conceived by community activists as a way to address the damage. They called themselves "Green Is Good". They feared a post-storm "blighted" designation would spur the city to allow housing and condominium development. Although Mount Washington's vista points are a high profile attraction, they argued, the true amenity was the continuous 264 acres (1.07 km2) of green, hilly, undeveloped land that rings the Mount. Eventually "Green Is Good" won the support of Mt. Washington Community Development Corporation, other local nonprofits, and the city government.

In 2003 the state designated three Pittsburgh roads—Sycamore Street, McArdle Roadway, and Grandview Avenue—as Pennsylvania Scenic Byways, inspiring the park's very long name.

Wide-angle view from Grand View Scenic Byway Park on Mt. Washington

External links

  • 2002 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story of the creation and early stages of the Emerald Link project which became the Grandview Scenic Byway Park
  • Background story of the development of Grand View Scenic Byway Park
  • Mt. Washington Community Development Corporation website

References

  • Tom Barnes (2002). Project would improve Mt. Washington greenway: story from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  • Diana Nelson Jones (2006). Grand View Scenic Byway Park: story from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved May 12, 2007.
  • Diana Nelson Jones (2007). Ilyssa Manspeizer is the new park manager in Mount Washington: story from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved June 11, 2007.

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