Buhl Community Park
This park across from the Children’s Museum is a vibrant green space and a tranquil crossroads for the community.
Buhl Community Park at Allegheny Square features a central plaza with tables and chairs, a large meadow with native grasses, benches, natural bluestone walls for seating, rain gardens for storm water mitigation, bike racks and drinking fountains for both visitors and pets. It was revitalized for the neighborhood from a neglected city park in June 2012.
The centerpiece of the park is a piece of public art by Ned Kahn, Cloud Arbor, which emits a “cloud” of mist that rises, swirls and dissipates in the wind. Park visitors get a cooling waft of mist and waiting children run in its direction.
Every summer, lunchtime concerts are held biweekly in the park as part of the Solar Concert Series.
A Green Space
The park makes the neighborhood significantly greener with the introduction of more than 100 trees, 200 shrubs and 5,000 perennials, and a reduction in concrete surfacing from 89% to 37%.
Since opening, the Park has become a central location for community gatherings, neighborhood dog walks, lunch time concerts and private events. Permits are available through the CitiParks Department.
The Children’s Museum led the $6.1 million collaborative effort to transform the park into the neighborhood asset it now is. You can make a tax-deductible gift today to help sustain the park through ongoing maintenance and care, and fill the park with lively activities in the months and years ahead.
Park Design and Construction
Landscape Architect: Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture
Artist: Ned Kahn
Site/Civil/MEP Engineer: Stantec
Structural Engineer: Atlantic Engineering Services
Contractor: PJ Dick
Buhl Community Park was made possible with leadership support from:
The Buhl Foundation
The Grable Foundation
The Heinz Endowments
Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Diane and Guilford Glazer
The Charity Randall Foundation
UPMC Health Plan