Schenley Park’s Flagstaff Hill restoration project to receive $100,000 state grant

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 17 – A project to restore key historic portions of Schenley Park’s Flagstaff Hill has been selected to receive a $100,000 state grant, state Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, announced today.

“Pittsburgh and its visitors are blessed with an extensive and beautiful system of parks and green spaces, of which Schenley Park is an important and prominent keystone,” Frankel said. “Our parks are enjoyed by residents and visitors of all ages and are critical to the health and wellbeing of all of us. Flagstaff Hill, in particular, is one of the city’s signature vantage points and preserving this important location will have a positive impact by preserving residents’ access to green spaces and recreational resources.”

The grant, awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Agency to the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, will enable the restoration of a 111-year-old set of stone steps, retaining wall and terrace wall. The project also involves the re-creation of the Woodland Garden designed by Ralph Grisold in 1936, and the creation of two gardens near the east and west entrances to Flagstaff Hill, as well as other improvements.

Since 1996, the nonprofit Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy has worked in partnership with the city to complete 22 capital projects and has raised $118.6 million for Pittsburgh's parks. The Commonwealth Financing Authority provides funding for a multitude of projects that help businesses succeed, including those focused on development, water quality, energy infrastructure and more. People can learn more about the Commonwealth Financing Authority by visiting its website.