Schenley Plaza

Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
Public Infrastructure Projects
Schenley Plaza is a story of the power of collaboration to transform a parking lot into an outdoor community space. Historically, this location in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood was intended to be a park, but it was converted into a parking lot in the 1940’s and remained as such until this project. Now the location has been reconverted into public open space. It serves a town square for Oakland and a center of activity for the area’s students and residents, complete with commercial kiosks. Schenley Plaza is a model for the new development of an urban park. While it was the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy who took the initiative to submit this project to the Commonwealth Awards, Schenley Plaza exists today because of the hard work of all the organizations involved in the Oakland Investment Committee and partners in the Strategy for the Future of Oakland.
Gold Award