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Schenley Park, Pittsburgh

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Schenley Park is a large municipal park located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, between the neighborhoods of Oakland, Greenfield, and Squirrel Hill. It is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district. In 2011, the park was named one of "America's Coolest City Parks" by Travel + Leisure.The park is made up of donated by Mary Schenley in 1889 and another that the city subsequently purchased from her. Another were acquired at a later date, bringing the park's total size to, and making it the second largest municipal park in Pittsburgh, behind Frick Park.The park borders the campuses of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh.FacilitiesSchenley Park features a grand entrance, Schenley Plaza, and several miles of hiking trails and a large lake in Panther Hollow. Across from the Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is Flagstaff Hill, a popular place to watch outdoor movies in the summer.
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  • This is one of the largest park in Pittsburgh. It is very close to Carnegie Melon University. The area is very big,you can have access from different places. It is very good cycling,walking & jogging....  more »
  • A nice park with hiking trails, shady spaces to relax, swimming pool, disc golf course, and much more. A great place to view 4th of July fireworks if you don't want to deal with the crowds at the stad...  more »
  • The park is very beautiful! It is clean and well maintained. There's a pool, trails, ice skating, tennis courts, wide open fields, playgrounds. The public toilets were dirty though, and had no toilet ...  more »
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  • This is such a great park in the middle of the city! We love having lunch at the Porch and then walking around the park. Great paths for driving through and enjoying the scenery, with places to stop-off and hike or enjoy a playground. Phipps Conservatory is also here, which is a fantastic attraction to visit as well. Safe, clean park.
  • A large, sprawling park complex filled with a variety of features and buildings. We explored casually as we toured the area. We stopped to take some photos along the way, but did not stay to engage in the many sporting opportunities made available. This park holds so much for bikers, joggers, walkers, or even the casual drive-through.
  • We were at the Phipps. Would have enjoyed the golf course more but being a good husband accompanied the plant loving wife to the Conservatory. Good thing I enjoy walking because we put miles on. Must say it was impressive. The park has something for everyone.
  • The plants were many and well-signed. There were many different gardens in the "rooms" of the conservatory. The outdoor gardens were also lovely. Everything except the plants is political. The "green" speech and signage were heavy-handed. The cafe doesn't even sell chips, because they are against them. There is no history offered about the creation of the garden or about Henry Phipps, as if his great ability to create wealth as a partner of Andrew Carnegie in the steel business is too shameful to mention. 100% of the steel, glass and brick of the site would not be replaceable without fossil fuels, and the renovation of the conservatory would be impossible, but they don't mention that either.
  • It's great having a huge chunk of the city where we're living that's full of green. Back in my hometown I live around the corner from a state park and it's nice having trails and trees to walk through. It's familiar, and makes Pittsburgh feel more like home.

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