Parks and Recreation
With Parks, Plazas and Plants, Oakland is one of Pittsburgh’s greenest neighborhoods.
Located in Oakland, Pittsburgh’s second largest recreational park, Schenley Park, includes Bob O’Connor Golf Course, Schenley Swimming Pool, and many walking trails and bike pathways. Schenley Park is mad up of 300 acres donated by Mary Schenley in 1889 and another 120 acres that the city subsequently purchased from her. Another 36 acres were acquired at a later date, bringing the park’s total size to 456 acres, and making it the second largest municipal park in Pittsburgh. The park borders the campuses of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh.
Another beautiful public park is the Schenley Plaza, a public square located in the heart of Oakland, bounded by Forbes Avenue, Schenley Drive and Roberto Clemente Drive. Currently celebrating its 10th Anniversary in the Oakland community, the Plaza was redesigned from a parking lot to a green park. Immediately East of the plaza, visit Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, where you will find a vast array of native and exotic trees, plants and flowers. The great steel and glass Victorian greenhouse, has been inviting visitors to explore the beauty and mysteries of plants since 1893. Along with providing the community with wondrous shows of plants, gardens, and insects, Phipps is also advocates and educates the public on sustainable gardening and a new environmental awareness. It’s easy to enjoy Oakland’s green outdoors with its tree-lined streets and boulevards, pedestrian walking trails, and green open spaces.