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Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy leadership has been closely monitoring the rapidly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) global health emergency. Our first priority is always the health and safety of park visitors, program and event attendees, staff, volunteers, friends, and neighbors.

Safety is of the utmost importance as we navigate through these unprecedented times. Following recommendations and guidelines provided by experts at the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization, as well input from City of Pittsburgh officials and the Allegheny County Health Department, the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy will be taking the following steps effective today, 3:00 p.m., March 13:

  • Closing all Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy facilities to staff and visitors through end of day March 30, with scheduled tentative reopening March 31. These facilities include the Frick Environmental Center, Parks Conservancy South Side offices, Schenley Plaza maintenance building, and the horticultural and forestry facility on English Lane
  • Cancelling all programs and special events until end of day March 30

As of today, The Porch, Asia Tea House, and Mesa, all located at Schenley Plaza, will remain open for business. We encourage people to continue to use these facilities through takeout services.

The parks will remain open and usable, unless deemed otherwise by the City of Pittsburgh, as this is an evolving situation. The Parks Conservancy and City strongly advise visitors to follow social distancing recommendations during their time in the parks. Please note, public restrooms maintained by the Parks Conservancy will be closed as of 3:00 p.m. today. These include restrooms at the Frick Environmental Center, Schenley Plaza, and Schenley Visitor Center.

These are stressful times. Parks are a healthy way to deal with the uncertainty that may be arising due to the coronavirus. Here are five easy ways to safely enjoy the park, with social distancing:

  • Walk Your Furry Friend
  • Hike Your Favorite Trail
  • Catch Up on that Reading List
  • Go Fly a Kite
  • Explore the Urban Forest

We are in regular communication with City, state, and county health experts as we continue to monitor the situation. Circumstances will continue to change, but we will be in regular communication.

 

Check back here for updates and follow us on social media @pittsburghparks for the most up-to-date information.

Sincerely,

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy 

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