Out and Across Riverview Park

Image of entrance to Riverview Park

AcrossRoss photog at large, Phil Zarone, had an opportunity recently to get out and enjoy the fall weather at Riverview Park.

Riverview Park image
At the top of the hilly park, you will find the old observatory, echoing a bygone era when this area was void of urban development and light obstruction from the city. It was stargazers delight. Image: Phil Zarone

According to the Pittsburgh Parks Conservation, Riverview Park was was created in 1894. The  park predates the City of Allegheny’s annexation to the City of Pittsburgh in 1907. Formed largely from farmland, today’s Riverview Park is known for its dense woodlands and steep topography.

Riverview Park, Observatory Hill image

The park is nestled between Perrysville Avenue, Woods Run and Marshall Avenue, the 259-acre park and is known for its wooded trails and dramatically steep hillsides, according to the PPC. The park’s extensive network of trails invites hikers, joggers, and the occasional horseback rider into the woods.

Image of Pittsburgh's Riverview Park

The park is also home to the landmark Allegheny Observatory, a visitor’s center, a swimming pool and activities building, the natural beauty of the Mairdale watershed, and the popular two-mile Riverview Loop. Residents enjoy the park's pool, playground, ball field, shelters and summertime concerts and movies.

The Chapel Shelter, an historic picnic shelter that was once a Presbyterian church, was restored by the Parks Conservancy in 2008. Restoration of the building and the surrounding landscape included creation of a new trail, plantings of numerous native trees and shrubs, and clearing invasive species. Future plans for the park include restoring the historic Watson’s Cabin and continuing restoration of the Snyder’s Point natural area.

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