By: Patrick Damp/KDKA-TV
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy has announced that groundbreaking for the Flagstaff Hill restoration project at Schenley Park will take place shortly.
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The landmark across from the Phipps Conservatory overlooks Oakland and the city skyline attracts thousands of visitors each year.
“Pittsburgh’s ever-changing landscape faces many challenges,” said Brandon Riley, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Capital Projects Manager. “This project will not only address cosmetic issues affecting the park, but also improve the overall ecology through the installation of green materials.”
First, the historic stone steps will be restored and the main path connecting the east and west entrances will be reconstructed.
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There will also be new entrance gardens framing the east and west parks with sustainable, native plant palettes.
New park benches will be set up along the paths.
“Space for outdoor recreation, like Schenley Park, is so important to our health, well-being and community,” Pa said. Senator Jay Costa.
In the future, the project will include a reinterpretation of the Azalea Garden and a new “Forest Garden”.
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“As Pittsburghers, we’re very familiar with Flagstaff Hill,” said Jim Delaney, a benefactor of the Flagstaff Hill restoration project. “A lot of people don’t realize that it was once dotted with stunning azalea gardens.”
https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2022/03/03/flagstaff-hill-restoration-project/ Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy begins restoration project Flagstaff Hill – CBS Pittsburgh