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Parks Conservancy lands $1 million grant for Allegheny Commons fountain

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The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy this week earned a $1 million state grant to help defray construction costs at Allegheny Commons Park , the oldest park in the city.

Specifically, money from the state Department of Community and Economic Development will be used for the Northeast Fountain and Promenade project which is expected to recreate the historic centerpiece that sits on 1,000 feet of public green space at the park in the city’s Northside.

The new fountain, at the corner of Cedar and North avenues, will mirror its original 19th century design and will include a 50-foot circular basin, a large Grecian urn and a tall jet surrounded by smaller sprays.

Work is underway, with the goal to mimic the original Victorian landscape and elaborate gardens, improving the park and helping to revitalize the neighborhood.

The project also includes improved lighting, walkways and trees, and is being done in conjunction with the Allegheny Commons Initiative, the Northside Leadership Conference and the Pittsburgh Department of Public Works.

The restoration is the first Parks Conservancy project in Allegheny Commons.

“This is an important grant that we’re incredibly pleased to receive,” Conservancy President and CEO Jayne Miller said. “Pittsburgh is a city full of history and culture, and we’re excited to be involved in a sustainable project that revitalizes a beloved park and replicates a cherished design.”

Miller believes the fountain project will bring new energy to the park, which once boasted four ornamental fountains that have since been filled in. The corner is a prominent vision from any direction, whether it be from Allegheny

General Hospital or the Pittsburgh King K-8 School, Miller said.

The Parks Conservancy since 1996 has raised more than $110 million and completed 17 major park improvement projects.

Tawnya Panizzi is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tawnya at 412-782-2121, ext. 2, [email protected] or via Twitter @tawnyatrib.

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