The Pittsburgh region’s got ‘em – and green space in general – in abundance. The dense expanse of greenery along our dramatic hillsides during spring and summer are high among the qualities that newcomers remark upon. Three large regional parks – Highland, Frick and Schenley -- are in the East End, the latter two dedicated by moneyed local families around the turn of the 20th century – while Riverview Park north of downtown is older still, and home to the historic Allegheny Observatory. The city also manages numerous other parks and playgrounds.
Outside of the city, Allegheny County manages nine parks with a combined 12,000 acres. North and South parks boast ice skating, golf and tennis (with a bison preserve at South Park); Boyce Park offers skating, Deer Lakes, Park fishing; Settlers Cabin Park, a wave pool, and in summer, free concerts at North, South and Hartwood Acres parks.
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources operates 20 parks in the western part of Pennsylvania, including Point State Park downtown, Raccoon Creek State Park just west of the airport, and Ohiopyle, McConnell’s Mill, Pymatuning and Presque Isle. All are popular in the summer, and those in the Laurel Highlands particularly beloved for winter sports like cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.