About this project

Located in Riverview Park in the City’s northside, the Valley Refuge Shelter is one of the most popular shelter spaces in the City’s park system. The shelter was originally built in the late 1930’s, constructed in a rustic style, popular for park buildings during that era, and underwent renovations in the mid-1960's. While still a well-used amenity enjoyed by Northside residents, the condition of this historic structure, amenities, and surrounding hardscape are aging and in need of repair.

The goal of this project is to implement targeted, strategic repairs and upgrades that improve user experience and ensure the long-term functionality of the shelter space and its uses. PPC and its Design Consultants will work closely with key stakeholders from the City of Pittsburgh to assess existing conditions, identify improvements that address immediate maintenance needs and community priorities, and if budget allows, optional improvements that enhance the overall appearance and functionality of the shelter. The initial scope of work includes roof repair, restroom and plumbing upgrades, lighting and electrical upgrades, and select repair and restoration of the historic masonry walls and flagstone paving.

This project is funded in part through a $110,000 allocation from the City of Pittsburgh Parks Tax Fund.

Valley Refuge Shelter Location