Schenley Plaza is the transformation of a parking lot into park-like plaza, designed by Sasaki Associates and modeled on New York’s Bryant Park.
CONSTRUCTED - 2006
Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
Lighthouse Electric Company, Inc.
Schenley Plaza offers something for just about everyone: food and drink, movable tables and chairs and a 1-acre lawn to put them on, small gardens for quiet conversations, wireless internet access, a big tent for shelter and shade, restrooms and even a carousel.
The carousel was inspired both by Schenley Park’s long-vanished one at the corner of Panther Hollow and Greenfield roads and the one in Bryant Park. Schenley Plaza’s PNC Carousel was made by Chance Rides Manufacturing of Wichita, Kansas. It holds 20 people, on 15 1950s-style animals or in a handicapped-accessible chariot and a spinning tub suitable for small children and their parents.
This story was based on a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article that can be found here.