What to do in Point State Park

Point State Park is a designated National Historic Landmark after a rebuilding project which began from a deteriorated commercial slum. Today, visitors walk along paved promenades on the riverfront and to overlooks for dramatic views of Pittsburgh, its busy waterways, scenic hillsides and many bridges. Natural landscaping and a 150-foot tall fountain enhance the beauty of this unique park at the "Forks of the Ohio." A stepped wall or stone bleacher along the Allegheny River section of the park provides seating for outdoor concerts and other events. A bike and in-line skate route through Point State Park connects the North Shore Trail, the South Side Trail and the Eliza Furnace Trail via bicycle routes through the city of Pittsburgh.

The main park entrance, riverfront wharf walkway, restrooms, numerous parking spaces and the water fountains are handicapped accessible.

By the early 1950's, the park area had deteriorated into a commercial slum. It has been reclaimed and is now one of the nation's outstanding historical parks and tourist attractions. Point State Park is designated as a National Historic Landmark.

Visitors walk along paved promenades on the riverfront and to overlooks for dramatic views of Pittsburgh, its busy waterways, scenic hillsides and many bridges. Natural landscaping and a 150-foot tall fountain enhance the beauty of this unique park at the "Forks of the Ohio." A stepped wall or stone bleacher along the Allegheny River section of the park provides seating for outdoor concerts and other events. A bike and in-line skate route through Point State Park connects the North Shore Trail, the South Side Trail and the Eliza Furnace Trail via bicycle routes through the city of Pittsburgh.

Recreation
Of the five original bastions (projecting parts of a fortification) of Fort Pitt, three have been restored.

The Monongahela Bastion is devoted to the frontier period of local history. The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission administers the museum. It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Mondays when the museum is closed. On Sundays the hours are from noon to 5 p.m.

The Music Bastion in the eastern section of the park has been partially excavated to expose part of the Fort's original foundation as a permanent exhibit.

The Fort Pitt Blockhouse, owned and operated by the Fort Pitt Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, is the oldest authentic building in Western Pennsylvania. Built by Colonel Henry Bouquet in 1764, it is open to the public from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, on Sundays from 12 noon to 4 p.m. It is closed on Mondays.

The Royal American Regiment, a volunteer reenactment group of the British army of the 18th century, performs throughout the summer months on periodic Sunday afternoons. Included in the program are authentic reproductions of uniforms, fifes and drums, muskets and cannon firings.

For more information on tours and other programs at Fort Pitt Museum, telephone 412-281-9284.

The main park entrance, riverfront wharf walkway, restrooms, numerous parking spaces and the water fountains are handicapped accessible.

Location
The 36 acre park is located in the busy Pittsburg area on the southeastern land mass at the confluence of the Ohio, Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers. It is accessible from the east and west by I-376 and I-279, and from the north by PA Route 8 and from the south by PA Route 51.

Climate
Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The Point State Park area has cold winter months with temperatures averaging around 24 to 28 degrees Fahrenheit (-4 to -2 degrees Celsius). The area's average summer temperatures range around 68 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit (20 to 22 Celsius).

Address
101 Commonwealth Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Phone: 412-471-0235

Email: raccooncreek@dcnr.state.pa.us
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