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Frick Park, Pittsburgh

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Frick Park is the largest municipal park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, covering 644 acres (1.006 sq mi). It is one of Pittsburgh's four historic large parks.

The park began when Henry Clay Frick, upon his death in 1919, bequeathed 151 acres (0.236 sq mi) south of Clayton, his Point Breeze mansion (which is now part of the Frick Art & Historical Center). He also arranged for a $2 million trust fund ($29.5 million today) for long-term maintenance for the park, which opened on June 25, 1927. He did this against his will, but rather acquiesced to his daughter, Helen's debutante wish which he had promised to honor.
Henry Clay Frick's son, Childs Frick, developed his lifelong love of animals in the woods and ravines of the park. Childs Frick went on to be a renowned American vertebrate paleontologist, major benefactor and trustee of the American Museum of Natural History.

Over the years, the park grew from the original land in Point Breeze and now includes Squirrel Hill to the border of Edgewood. In a city that Frick helped to industrialize, it is one of the few areas of steep ravines and mature woods that remain relatively undisturbed, forming a nature reserve of native plants and abundant wildlife. Owls, amphibians, wild turkey, fox, and many mammal species are found in the park.

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  • Beautiful park. Even though this is super close to downtown Pittsburgh it's very quiet and peaceful. There's loads of trails both paved and unpaved and with varying levels of difficulty. Perfect...  more »
  • We have been to Frick a couple of times. There are several entrances, the one by some tennis courts has a parking lot and the one by the dog off leash area did not seem to, but I found street parking....  more »

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