Point State Park
Point State Park, located at the confluence of three rivers, is at the tip of Pittsburgh’s “Golden Triangle.” The park commemorates and preserves the strategic and historic heritage of the area during the French and Indian War (1754 - 1763).
Once a busy industrial zone, the area had deteriorated into a commercial slum by the 1940s. The development of a state park was authorized in 1945 and the first parcel of the 36-acre property was purchased the next year. The park was completed and dedicated in 1974. In 1975, Point State Park was designated a National Historic Landmark.
Point State Park is owned and operated by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), Bureau of State Parks. DCNR works in collaboration with the Heinz History Center and the Fort Pitt Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution to interpret the history of the Forks of the Ohio.
The 36-acre park is located at 601 Commonwealth Place. The park’s parking lot is at 101 Commonwealth Place (across from the Post Gazette building) and is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, for a fee. There is limited metered parking along Commonwealth Place near the park entrance and a pull-in visitor drop-off area.
From the east, take I-376 west to the Stanwix Street Exit. Turn left at the light onto Fort Pitt Boulevard and bear right onto Commonwealth Place.
From the south and west, take I-279 North through the Fort Pitt Tunnels and across the Fort Pitt Bridge. Take the Boulevard of the Allies Exit and make a right at the light onto Commonwealth Place.
From the north take I-279 South across the Fort Duquesne Bridge. Take the I-376 East Exit then take the Stanwix Street Exit on the left. Make a left at the light onto Fort Pitt Boulevard and bear right at the Y onto Commonwealth Place.
The park’s parking lot is located along Commonwealth Place (across from the Post Gazette building) and is operated by Boulos Parking Inc. The lot is open from 6 a.m. to11 p.m. daily for a fee. To get to the park, visitors should walk out of the parking lot entrance, turn left and follow the sidewalk to the main entrance of the park (located across from the Hilton Hotel). There is some limited metered parking along Commonwealth Place near the park entrance as well as a pull-in visitor drop off area.
Several parking lots and garages are located within walking distance of the park. For the locations and the parking rates, contact the Pittsburgh Parking Authority at www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/pghparkingauthority/html/pittsburgh_parking_authority.html . Call ahead reserved parking is available for the Parking Authority garages and lots Monday through Friday from 10 a.m until 2 p.m. Visitors must contact the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership at 412-566-4190 or firstname.lastname@example.org at least 24 hours in advance. There is no fee for the service, however parking rates still apply.
Visitors may wish to use public transportation to get to the park. Both the bus and the T light rail system (subway) are free to ride within the Golden Triangle. More information on bus service and the T is available at www.portauthority.org.
GPS DD: Lat. 40.4417 Long. -80.00719
Driving Directions: The Interactive GIS Map has turn-by-turn driving directions to the park office from the Park Information Window. Please note that the background maps are maintained by a variety of public sources and driving directions usually go to the nearest large road.
Point State Park