With more than 500 acres, Frick Park is the largest in the city. It touches on several neighborhoods and is a lovely getaway for families and friends. The Blue Slide playground is located not far from the center of Squirrel Hill, the clay tennis courts and another play ground are near Regent Square, and in between is a vast network of hiking, biking, and dog walking trails.
The part of Frick Park that's locally known as Nine Mile Run includes the stream that runs from the Homewood Cemetery area of the city, beneath the Forbes Avenue Bridge near Braddock Ave., and then winds its way to the Monongahela River. This beautiful watershed has been the beneficiary of a longtime cleanup effort by many local residents and it's really lovely but impossible to see by car. The closest parking area to the stream can be reached from Lancaster and Hutchison Aves. It's worth a look.
The Blue Slide Park area, which is located on the other side of Frick Park is on Beechwood Boulevard near Nicholson Street and is a long time favorite for our family. It is a safe, pleasant destination for many families day and evening, and a short stroll from there is the popular OLEA (off leash exercise area) for dogs -- two large fenced lots where owners regularly congregate with their pets at all hours of the day. I've seldom seen it deserted and It's a great place to make new friends.
Farther down Beechwood near Shaw Avenue is the Frick Environmental Center where festivals and outdoor events are regularly held.
Because so many parts of this huge park are frequented by many lovely people of every age, I've never felt threatened during my walks there, though I do not do so late at night. I suggest that everyone take the usual precautions when going into the wooded areas, which are lovely, by the way.
We recommend it without question.
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