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Frick Park is known as the city’s most significant historic regional park, covering 644 acres of land. Initially, 151 acres of the parkland was acquired by Henry Clay Frick, after his passing in 1919. It wasn’t until 1927, after additional land had been obtained, that the park opened to the public, making it the youngest municipal park in the city.
Over the years, the park developed from Point Breeze’s first property and now includes Squirrel Hill to the Edgewood borders. It is one of the few areas of steep ravines and mature forests that remain largely undisturbed in a city that Frick helped to industrialize, creating a nature reserve of native plants and plentiful wildlife.
Known as Pittsburgh’s woodland park for its extensive trails throughout immense valleys and wooded slopes, Frick Park is an ideal escape from the noise of the city. Birding enthusiasts can find well over 100 species of birds in Clayton Hill.
Children can enjoy the famous Blue Slide Playground and can visit the Frick Environmental Center to learn about nature. The park also provides visitors will red clay tennis courts, baseball fields, and a public lawn bowling green.
The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy has completed extensive ecological restoration work in Frick Park since the Conservancy’s first capital project in 2000, the restoration of Reynolds Street gatehouse entrance.
Between 2003 and 2006, the Nine Mile Run located on the eastern park boundary underwent restoration, which allowed the run the extend to Monongahela River.
Currently, the Parks Conservancy is working to rebuild the Frick Environmental Center to replace the burned-down structure and create an urban gathering center for environmental education in Pittsburgh.
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