View the preliminary site plan here.
Located in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood, Wightman Park and the eponymous street on which it is located are named for Thomas Wightman, an early glass magnate, and owner of the Wightman Glass Company. The park space complements the Wightman School Community Building, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. It now houses the Carriage House Child Care Center and community organizations such as Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition and Trying Together.
Today, Wightman Park is an important civic and recreational space for residents and visitors alike. The park serves as the home for Pittsburgh sports leagues, including 14th Ward Baseball, Squirrel Hill Baseball, Dynamo Soccer, and more.
Wightman Park Groundbreaking
The Office of Pittsburgh City Council District 8 led a comprehensive community process through both in-person meetings with neighbors, frequent park users, and stakeholders and online engagement to identify priorities for an overhaul of Wightman Park.
Through this public process, the community helped to create a master plan for an improved Wightman Park. The plan called for two new entry plazas on Solway and Wightman Streets, a walking path around a multi-purpose green space, three distinct play areas for children of differing ages and abilities, accessible restroom facilities, and a community shelter that can be rented for events. While paying homage to its industrial namesake through the inclusion of glass elements, the plan also calls for sustainable improvements that point to Pittsburgh’s green future.
In an effort to improve drainage and combat stormwater-related issues in the surrounding Squirrel Hill community, the site will be regraded and will incorporate significant green infrastructure elements, including a large infiltration pond, rain gardens, wetlands, additional landscaping, and improved curb cuts on the streets flanking the park.
To view the final design informed by input from the community, please click here.
Wightman Park Phase I
By engaging in a comprehensive, community-based planning process, Councilperson Strassburger led the way for the renovation of Wightman Park, which recently completed construction. The renovations included in this project will help to mitigate neighborhood flooding and citywide stormwater overflow issues, beautify the park space, create additional recreational opportunities, and offer families a variety of activities for all ages and abilities. Wightman Park features a range of green infrastructure improvements to help manage stormwater runoff, diverse play spaces and equipment to serve the interests of all children, public art installations, green spaces, and recreational facilities. https://pittsburghpa.gov/wightmanparkproject/index.html
Wightman Park Phase II
The next & final phase of the Wightman Park Improvement Project will begin during the Spring of 2021. This phase will complete the full scale of stormwater management upgrades, intended to alleviate the long-running stormwater & flooding issues that neighbors of the surrounding community have faced. Creating stormwater retrofits on portions of Wightman Street, Woodmont Street, Negley Avenue, Solway Street, and Murray Avenue will capture and direct stormwater to the park while also enhancing pedestrian safety at intersections. The stormwater retrofits include the addition of curbed stormwater "bumpout" planters at intersections, channel drains that convey stormwater under the street between planters, and upgraded sewer inlets. By capturing and managing stormwater, this project aims to reduce overflows of combined stormwater and sewage into the Monongahela River, flooding in the park, and basement sewage backups in the neighborhood. https://www.pgh2o.com/projects-maintenance/search-all-projects/wightman-park-stormwater-project-phase-two