Project Updates

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy is excited to announce that construction will begin this summer on the Frick Environmental Center Sensory Classroom and Trail project!

While the work will primarily be confined to the project area, we do anticipate intermittent trail closures and an increase in construction vehicle traffic along Beechwood Boulevard until late fall of this year. The map below illustrates the anticipated closures and trail impacts during construction.

You can also find periodic construction updates at the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy website at:

We appreciate your patience while we complete this exciting and unique project! Thank you!

Map showing trail detour from South Clayton Loop to North Clayton Loop

About the Project

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, the City of Pittsburgh, community organizations, and other key stakeholders have designed and planned a fully inclusive Sensory Classroom geared towards learners and park users with disabilities at the Frick Environmental Center (FEC). The project will create a series of different sensory experiences and teaching moments of various sizes and scales, organized along an accessible route that winds through the natural landscape at the FEC. The space will provide opportunities for structured learning, play, discovery, observation, and gathering. The Edith L. Trees Charitable Trust will be funding this planning and design process.

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Project Archive

Preferred Concept Plan Presentation Recording

Initial Concepts Presentation Recording