Update 4/25/2024: Construction on the pavilion/restroom building has begun and is expected to be complete in Fall 2024. Contractor is working on water connection to spray features in playground. These are planned to be turned on by Memorial Day weekend.

Update 3/11/2023: Construction is under way for the restroom and pavilion building. We anticipate work will proceed through the summer and the building will be complete in Fall of 2024. The playground will remain open through construction and the spray features should be turned on in early Summer 2024.

Update 12/11/2023: Construction for the restroom and pavilion building will begin in Spring 2024. In the meantime, the new playground is available for use.

Update 9/25/2023: Due to permitting delays, the new playground will not be open until November. The pavilion and spray park are still anticipated to be available in 2024. We are working as quickly as possible to bring the new improvements online for your use. Thank you for your patience!

Update 7/27/2023: Please note the existing Arsenal Playground will need to be removed by mid to end of August to keep the project progressing. We anticipate being able to open the new playground by end of Sept./ beginning of Oct. despite ongoing construction on the pavilion/restroom building. Thank you for your patience while we bring new improvements to your park!

Under Const.

Arsenal Park Phase I Improvements are currently underway. We anticipate that the new amenities will be available to the public before the end of year!

Community Meeting #1

Community Meeting #2


The Arsenal Park Master Plan was created in 2015, when Friends of Arsenal Park, a group of dedicated residents and users, organized to transform a deteriorating outdoor space into a meaningful, well-used public gathering place. The plan will be used for a conceptual basis in the upcoming design work.

The Phase I Design will address:

  • Pedestrian connection between school building and Arsenal Park
  • Safe and inviting community access at 40th Street and Davison Street intersection/crossing
  • Provide an ADA accessible path from 40th and Davison entrance to the Mall
  • Restoration of historic stone wall segment from school alley to 40th Street Mall entrance
  • Imaginative playground
  • Picnic shelter/outdoor classroom with restroom
  • Pedestrian lighting and electrical infrastructure for events
  • Park amenities, including site furnishings and signage
  • Integrated stormwater management

Public Art:

Phase 1 of Arsenal Park's renovations will include a public art project, made possible by the City of Pittsburgh’s Percent for Art program.

Follow the public art project's Engage page here.

In order to adhere to social distancing guidelines and maintain equitable public input, the City of Pittsburgh is utilizing online engagement tools. Materials will be posted as they are developed and will be mobile-friendly. All virtual meetings will be recorded and posted to the website.

Thank you for your patience as we continue to roll out improvements that address issues around the digital divide.

Project Team:

  • Pashek + MTR / Landscape Architecture
  • Ingrid Kanics Inclusive Design / Accessibility
  • Christine Davis Consultants / Archaeology
  • Sci-Tek Consultants / Survey and Civil
  • Graves Design Group / Architecture
  • Santangelo & Lindsay / Lighting
  • Alpine Allegheny / Cost Estimating

Community Partners:

  • Lawrenceville United
  • Lawrenceville Corporation
  • Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
  • Pittsburgh Public Schools
  • Lawrenceville Historic Society
  • Friends of Arsenal Park
  • Tree Pittsburgh
  • Carnegie Library
  • Lawrenceville Playgroup
  • Stephen Foster Community Center
  • Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Lawrenceville Family Care Connection
  • York Commons
  • Canterbury Place
  • 9th Ward Youth Association
  • Allegheny County Health Department
  • Three Rivers Wet Weather
  • PWSA
  • Council District 7
  • The Office of State Rep. Adam Ravenstahl
  • The Office of State Rep. Sara Innamorato
  • The Office of State Sen. Wayne Fontana
  • Department of Public Works
  • Department of City Planning
  • City Forestry
  • The Office of Mayor Peduto
  • Lawrenceville Stakeholders
  • Better Streets Lawrenceville
  • Bike Pittsburgh
  • Historic Review Commission
  • Stonewall Kickball
  • Young Preservationists Association
  • Preservation Pittsburgh
  • Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Association