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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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  • Haven't been to the park for a while. It is still a great place for a long hike, beautiful oasis in the city. Many recreational options.  more »
  • This park is really big. We are recent visitors because we live near the park. It is really clean great for summer bbq with friends,just for a walk, run or ice skating (in wintertime).  more »
  • Nice park for a run when visiting the universities Pitt or CMU. Upper and lower parrot trails down the valley are a great running area with dense forest and birds and squirrels everywhere.  more »
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  • 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.
  • Beautiful huge park! It's so well taken care of and you can do something in the whole year! We went to the one close to disc golf and ice rink. As you can see, it's beautiful.
  • Phipps Conservatory is an awesome place. We live 2 hours away, and we make the trip over several times a year. It's a great place to go in the middle of winter when everything outside is brown, and you want to see some colorful and alive.