Project Summary

The City of Pittsburgh, Department of Public Works, Architecture Division is planning to redevelop Cowley-Goettmann Park starting with the design and construction of a new building. The existing building will be deconstructed, but the history will be honored throughout the new work. At this time, there is no definitive project schedule beyond concluding discussions on the conceptual design.

DPW Architecture Division - Conceptual Design

The City believes in creating meaningful public space for the Troy Hill Neighborhood that embraces the community's past, present and future. DPW Architecture Division has refined the conceptual design based on conversations to date. When considering all factors (engagement, energy & expense), we feel this endeavor is harmonious with the goals of the Neighborhood, the Department and the City.

The New 1-Story Building illustrated below will contain (1) Large Assembly Space, (2) Smaller Meeting Rooms and other support spaces to establish a new rentable facility for the community to gather. The drawings also show exterior recreation and park spaces that are currently outside of the scope for this project, but are important ideas to forecast for future improvements.

Public Engagement

With the Troy Hill Community & other North Side Neighborhoods, the Department of Public Works - Architecture Division has discussed many ideas and explored many design options that thoughtfully consider what's possible within Cowley-Goettmann Park. The feedback provided is a vital part of the conversation, process and criteria in which a new facility is designed and constructed. We appreciate your commitment and support as we continue to develop this project.


To date DPW & the Office of Community Affairs has held the following public meetings for the project:

  • Community Meeting #1 - November 15, 2018
  • Community Meeting #2 - April 10, 2019
  • Troy Hill Citizens Meeting - August 14, 2019
  • Community Meeting #3 - September 25, 2019
  • Community Meeting #4 - October 28, 2020
  • Community Meeting #5 - June, 23, 2021

2019 Community Survey

At the request of the community, the City conducted a survey of citizens that live near the park from November 15 to December 16, 2019. Questions tried to ascertain general community preference for park and building amenities. In total 454 people responded, including 287 students from nearby schools.

Additional Feedback?

With the building location set, please share any additional ideas about the future of the park. (max 140 characters).

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10 June, 2021

Ssm says:

“Should put a lookout across the road. Incredible views from there and would be a terrific draw card for Troy Hill.”

10 June, 2021

Ptacek says:

“What about parking? It's hard enough for the people who live here to park. With baseball games, spray park, etc. ”

10 June, 2021

Kimpuplvr says:

“Very concerned that rentable space will bring community violence. Maybe an alcohol-free space with required security. What about parking?”