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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29 June, 2021

Bill says:

“It would be nice to have a skatepark like in Polish Hill or the Bellevue Skate Plaza. Nothing like that exists anywhere on the Northside.”

26 June, 2021

NMJA says:

“Publicly accessible restrooms and water fountains would be wonderful in this space.”

24 June, 2021

vedran_prorok says:

“Those basketball courts get used frequently. I’m not sure a pickle ball court would get used more.”

24 June, 2021

dalethomasvaughn says:

“Love the idea of more green space. Is that planned to just be grass? I'd love more of a Phipps-quality garden with paths, even fruit trees.”

24 June, 2021

Bill says:

“I love the inclusion of the Pickleball court, that will be a great addition to the space!”

23 June, 2021

Kmo5071 says:

“We would love a real dog park! We meet up with the neighborhood dogs daily so a dedicated space would be so popular and widely used! ”

23 June, 2021

Kmo5071 says:

“We would love a real dog park! We meet up with the neighborhood dogs daily so a dedicated space would be so popular and widely used! ”

23 June, 2021

Bartleby says:

“Looks pretty close to 3v3 soccer or frisbee field dimensions... could host some outdoor exercise stations common in other parks?”

23 June, 2021

Bartleby says:

“Could improve cross utilization if assbly area was centered to green space and had exterior garage doors to open up to it? Music, fests, etc”

23 June, 2021

MK says:

“If it's of interest to others, could we consider a small dog park (size of Bernard Dog Run)?”

23 June, 2021

cliff_hess says:

“More green space at one of the greenest places on Troy Hill equals more taxes wasted. Bigger building for a multi use indoor court bb/vb.”

23 June, 2021

Cody says:

“Indoor basketball court would be great. ”