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Pittsburgh’s Mellon Square

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy’s blog has a nice post up profiling that city’s Mellon Square. The almost 1.5-acre downtown park was last year named one of the country’s top 10 public spaces by the American Planning Association, but still has a bit of a weathered look. The Conservancy, city and other private partners are teaming up to give it a fresh look.

Today, Mellon Square remains an active space, but is showing serious signs of physical wear and tear.  Its deterioration makes the space feel rundown rather than vibrant–an impression that works directly against the site’s cultural and economic value.  With funding from the Richard King Mellon Foundation and the Bank of New York Mellon, the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy is developing a restoration and management plan for Mellon Square.  To be completed early this year, the plan will serve as a comprehensive tool addressing physical preservation, maintenance, and programming.  The planning team is led by landscape architect Patricia O’Donnell of Heritage Landscapes.  Key partners include the Pittsburgh Parking Authority, City of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, and Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation.

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