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News for Immediate Release

November 16, 2011

Major Renovations to Point State Park Fountain Set to Begin

Harrisburg – Extensive renovations and improvements to the fountain at Point State Park in Pittsburgh will soon begin, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Richard J. Allan said today.

The work, the fountain’s first major overhaul in almost 40 years, will cost about $9.6 million, and is supported by a combination of state investments and business and private donations. The fountain was turned off in April 2009.

“The fountain where the three rivers meet at the Point helps define Pittsburgh to the world, and this project will make the water feature even more spectacular,” Allan said. “The design includes a disappearing edge waterfall around the perimeter of the fountain pool as well as improved lighting.”

The project involves complete rehabilitation of the fountain itself including all new surfaces, lighting, pumping equipment and controls as well as the disappearing edge waterfall feature. Also included is the rehabilitation of the adjacent wharf area surfacing as well as renovations to the pump house building and public restrooms.

Partners in the park’s renovation include DCNR, Allegheny Conference on Community Development and Riverlife.

“The people of Pittsburgh have rallied around the renewal of the Point State Park Fountain, which is such a visible centerpiece of our riverfront park system and symbol of Pittsburgh’s strength,” said Riverlife President Lisa Schroeder. “Thanks to the support of the Commonwealth and thousands of donors, the Fountain renovation will be the crowning achievement of Point State Park’s rebirth.”

SET, Inc. of Lowellville, Ohio, is the general contractor for the fountain project. Right Electric, Inc. of Butler will provide electrical construction; Wayne Crouse, Inc. of Pittsburgh will do the ventilation, air conditioning and heating work; and AMB, Inc. of Pittsburgh will do plumbing.

“For the past several years the 36-acre Point State Park has been undergoing a $35 million facelift including the completion of large-scale construction, electrical and landscaping projects that are transforming it to a world-class urban park,” Allan said. “We ask Pittsburghers for their patience through the next year and a half as we work to complete the transformation.”

To date, the improvements completed at Point State Park are:

The Allegheny and Monongahela rivers meet at Point State Park to form the Ohio River. During the mid-1700s, the armies of France and Britain were attracted to this area, each vying for control of the Ohio Valley.

In 1758, construction of Fort Pitt began by the British at the rivers’ confluence to replace Fort Duquesne, an outpost that was abandoned by the French during the French and Indian War.

By the 1950s, the area had deteriorated into a commercial slum. The planning and construction of Point State Park was one of the key accomplishments of Pittsburgh's first Renaissance urban renewal initiative. The fountain was dedicated by the state on Aug. 30, 1974, marking completion of the park’s construction.

For more information about Point or any of Pennsylvania’s 120 state parks, visit www.dcnr.state.pa.us and choose “Find a Park.”

Media contact: Christina Novak, 717-772-9101

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