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“Huge Park with Lots of Features”
Review of Frick Park

Frick Park
Ranked #46 of 191 things to do in Pittsburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The largest of Pittsburgh's historic regional parks at 644 acres, Frick Park is also the youngest. Although Henry Clay Frick bequeathed the original 151 acres to the city in 1919, the park did not open until 1927 after additional land had been acquired. Most recently, 106 acres were annexed to the park as part of the process that created the Summerset at Frick Park housing development and restored the Nine Mile Run stream valley. Today, Frick Park stretches from its northern borders in Point Breeze down to the Monongahela River. Known as Pittsburgh’s woodland park for its extensive trails throughout steep valleys and wooded slopes, Frick Park is an ideal escape from the noise of the city. Birding enthusiasts love to visit Clayton Hill, where well over 100 species of birds have been recorded. Children flock to the famous Blue Slide Playground and learn about nature at the Frick Environmental Center. The park also features red clay tennis courts, baseball fields, and the only public lawn bowling green in Pennsylvania. The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy has completed extensive ecological restoration work in Frick Park since the Conservancy’s first capital project in 2000, the restoration of Reynolds Street gatehouse entrance. Currently, the Parks Conservancy is working to rebuild the Frick Environmental Center to replace the burned-down structure and create an urban hub for environmental education in Pittsburgh.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Stroller parking, Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
Reviewed May 2, 2012

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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Reviewed April 23, 2012

Peaceful green setting an island surrounded by city life. well kept natural settings, nice views of parts of pgh.

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Reviewed March 12, 2012

There are wonderful trails througout the park, hilly, flat, long, short. A few off leash areas for the dogs, and, don't forget the 'Blue slide park'.

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Reviewed February 8, 2012

Although it is a nice but relatively small park in a largely urban area, its not exactly safe. My only experience at Frick Park was with a large group of co-workers when we all got together to play football. Most of our cars were broken into and our personal belongings stolen. IN BROAD DAYLIGHT, with people walking their dogs nearby!! I'll never go there again.

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