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Point State Park, Pittsburgh

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Point State Park (locally known as The Point) is a Pennsylvania state park on 36 acres (150,000 m2) in Downtown Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA, at the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers, forming the Ohio River.

Built on land acquired via eminent domain from industrial enterprises in the 1950s, the park opened in August 1974 when construction was completed on its iconic fountain. Pittsburgh settled on the current design after rejecting an alternative plan for a Point Park Civic Center designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

The park also includes the outlines and remains of two of the oldest structures in Pittsburgh, Fort Pitt and Fort Duquesne. The Fort Pitt Museum, housed in the Monongahela Bastion of Fort Pitt, commemorates the French and Indian War (1754–63), in which the area soon to become Pittsburgh was a major battlefield. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960 for its role in the strategic struggles between Native Americans, French colonists, and British colonists, for control of the Ohio River watershed.
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  • This a beautiful park. I sat on the Allegheny side and relaxed. The fountain is the centerpiece and I saw a rabbit and several species of birds. A respite in a big city. I also visited Fort Pitt . 
    This a beautiful park. I sat on the Allegheny side and relaxed. The fountain is the centerpiece and I saw a rabbit and several species of birds. A respite in a big city. I also visited Fort Pitt .  more »
  • Don't miss the opportunity to relax in a green space right in the heart of the city. Hours of people watching a possiblity. 
    Don't miss the opportunity to relax in a green space right in the heart of the city. Hours of people watching a possiblity.  more »
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  • Such a site to see if your going to Pittsburgh
  • Beautiful urban park with a fountain, green spaces, a biking path, and a museum that tells the story of the historic fort that once stood in this location. Very cool to see the beginning of the Ohio River at the tip of the park. A trip to Pittsburgh is not complete without visiting this place! There is paid parking on the southeast corner of the park, adjacent to the freeway. From there, there's a bit of walking involved to see all the park attractions, so definitely wear comfortable walking shoes. The museum also charges a fee, but all other attractions are free to visit.

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