Deer Lakes Park

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Deer Lakes Park is a 1,180-acre (4.8 km2) county park in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania in the United States. It is a part of the county's 12,000-acre (49 km2) network of nine distinct parks.

The park is sited 15 miles northeast of downtown Pittsburgh in Frazer and West Deer townships. Deer Lakes already had a large man-made lake, and during its development two other lakes added. The lakes are spring fed, and construction of dams and settling basins make it a paradise for fishermen. An 18 hole disc golf course with multiple tees is featured in the park.

Allegheny County is currently evaluating proposals to lease natural gas rights for high volume hydraulic gas fracturing. This would be the first Allegheny County park to be leased for that practice. County residents are very worried about the potential dangers of leasing a public park for an industrial purpose. Increases in truck traffic, air pollution, water pollution, decreased property value, along with a catastrophic event like an explosion have residents worried.


  • Smith, Helene and George Swetnam (1991). A Guidebook to Historic Western Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press. 0-8229-5424-9. 

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