SHERADEN PARK MASTER PLAN BACKGROUND

Background

Sheraden Park is unique in its location and topography -- a hidden 51.2 acre community park, with both traditional and recreational amenities as well as natural areas that dominate its landscape. Located in the neighborhood of Sheraden, in West Pittsburgh, and bordered by Esplen, Chartiers City, Windgap, Crafton Heights and Elliott neighborhoods, the park has chronically been underused and suffers from disinvestment. The park facilities are located in the lowlands between two hillsides. Surban Street runs through the central lowland, dead ending in the park and providing access to two ball fields, sports courts, and a playground. It is a large park that has the potential to serve many more park patrons than it currently does. Additionally, it is anticipated that this master planning effort will generate recommendations for expanding Sheraden Park to include a series of public parcels connecting to nearby McGonigle Park and Tuxedo Street Skate Park, as well as possible land acquisition for the purpose of providing public waterfront access to Chartiers Creek.

Sheraden Park was originally part of William Sheraden’s farm. The 23-acre greenspace was set aside for public use by the City of Pittsburgh on January 24, 1914, sever years after Sheraden was annexed as part of the city. The park cost $14,500, and the park’s amenities – which included a public swimming pool, playground, and open spaces – were accessible via the 31 or 32 trollies. Since then, additional parcels have been added to the park, completing its now 52 acres.

For more information about Sheraden Park’s history, see the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy website: https://www.pittsburghparks.org/blog/2014/01/24/a-place-in-history-sheraden-park-turns-100-2/.