North Park (Pittsburgh)

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North Park is a 3,075-acre (12 km2) county park in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is the largest in the county's 12,000 acre (49 km²) network of nine distinct parks.

Completed in 1931, North Park is sited 15 miles (24 km) northeast of downtown Pittsburgh in Hampton, McCandless, and Pine Townships. The park features the largest man-made body of water in the county, over 75 acres (300,000 m2), bordered by four miles of woodlands. Its swimming pool was the largest in the United States & second largest in the entire World when it opened on July 5th 1937. It holds 2,225,000 gallons of water (compared to 20-30,000 gallons in a modern city swimming pool) and has enough room for 5,000 people to swim. The pool is 50m x 105m.[1] The park also offers a golf course, large ice skating rink (completed in February 1961), movie theater, picnic groves, tennis courts, basketball courts, kayak rentals, a treetop obstacle course with zipline, and several miles of trails for walking, hiking, bike riding, and mountain biking--including trails for the visually impaired, known as the "Braille Trail".[2] The Rachel Carson Trail runs through North Park, as well. North Park is also notable for their boathouse restaurant called "Over the Bar", which has a bicycle theme.

The Latodami Nature Center offers public environmental education programs and for school groups.[3]

Further reading[edit]

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


  1. ^ "Allegheny County - North Park - Swimming Pools |". Retrieved 2016-07-06. 
  2. ^ "Braille Trail Loop". Retrieved 2017-05-26. 
  3. ^ "Latodami Nature Center". Retrieved 2017-05-26. 

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Coordinates: 40°35′38″N 79°59′49″W / 40.5939°N 79.99690°W / 40.5939; -79.99690