Emerald View Park

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Emerald View Park
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Famous view of downtown Pittsburgh from Emerald View Park on Mt. Washington
Type Municipal Park
Location Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 40°25′37″N 79°59′48″W / 40.42682°N 79.99666°W / 40.42682; -79.99666Coordinates: 40°25′37″N 79°59′48″W / 40.42682°N 79.99666°W / 40.42682; -79.99666
Operated by Mount Washington Community Development Corporation
Website mwcdc.org/park/

Emerald View Park (formerly called 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[1][2][3][4][5] 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 former name.

Wide-angle view from Emerald View Park on Mt. Washington

Notes

  1. ^ http://www.erh.noaa.gov/pit/tor98.htm
  2. ^ "Floods and Tornados in Pittsburgh". www.brooklineconnection.com. Retrieved 5 April 2018. 
  3. ^ "Fronts created tornado alley". old.post-gazette.com. Retrieved 5 April 2018. 
  4. ^ "District residents weather stormy evening". old.post-gazette.com. Retrieved 5 April 2018. 
  5. ^ "Region torn asunder by hard-hitting storms". old.post-gazette.com. Retrieved 5 April 2018. 

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.

External links

  • Official website
  • 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


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