Located in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh at the tip of the “Golden Triangle”–the confluence of the city’s three famous rivers: the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio River–Point State Park is one of Pittsburgh’s most beloved parks.
A National Historic Landmark, the park marks the site of several battles from the French and Indian War (1754 – 1763). It is also home to the historic Fort Duquesne and Fort Pitt.
With its strategic location on the waterfront, Point State Park was once a busy industrial port. After the industrial downtown in the 1940s, however, the area deteriorated into an urban eyesore. Officials drew up plans to turn the area into a park, and in 1974, the city unveiled the 36-acre state park to the public.
In 2006, the city announced a $25 million overhaul of the park; park renovations were completed in 2011, however, the iconic Points State Park fountain will stay dry until Spring 2013.
When working, the fountain is expected to spray 17,000 gallons of water with a 150-ft tall water plume. In lieu of my pictures (construction sites aren’t very photogenic), here is an image of the functioning fountain: