Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Improving quality of life for the people of Pittsburgh by restoring the park system to excell...
Frick Park Reynolds Entry
Frick Park Reynolds Entry Completion 2000
Schenley Park Café and Visitor Center
Schenley Park Café and Visitor Center Completion 2001
Highland Park Entry Garden
Highland Park Entry Garden Completion 2005
Schenley Plaza
Schenley Plaza Completion 2006
Riverview Park Chapel Shelter
Riverview Park Chapel Shelter Completion 2008
Trail and Signage Improvements: 4.5+ miles of trail work and 100 new signs Frick  Highland  Riverview  Schenley
Mellon Park Walled Garden
Regional Parks Plan Update
Environmental Center at Frick Park © Alexander Denmarsh
Engaging Children and Families <ul><ul><li>Provide children a sense of wonder and a permanent bond with nature </li></ul><...
Value of Connecting to the Environment <ul><li>Expanding imagination </li></ul><ul><li>Promoting complex thinking </li></u...
Proposed Outdoor Learning Spaces <ul><li>Thirteen sites identified throughout Frick Park </li></ul><ul><li>None have a des...
First proposed site to honor  Kate & Peter Ambrusko
Evolution from  playground  for the Environmental Charter School  to an  outdoor learning space  for ALL Frick Park users
Project process <ul><li>Informal discussion of concept with representatives from Citiparks and Department of Public Works ...
Project process <ul><li>Informal discussion of concept with representatives from Citiparks and Department of Public Works ...
From Request for Proposals (RFP) issued by Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy April, 2010 <ul><li>“ The Pittsburgh Parks Conserv...
NOT a traditional playground
NOT a traditional treehouse
<ul><li>From Request for Proposals (RFP) issued by Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy April, 2010: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Final des...
<ul><li>From Request for Proposals (RFP) issued by Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy April, 2010: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Final des...
Discovery Garden, Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh MTR Landscape Architects <ul><li>From Request for Proposals (RFP) issued...
Lookout Loft, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA Forever Young Treehouses
Conway, New Hampshire Natural Playground Company
Morris Arboretum, Philadelphia, PA Patrick Dougherty , sculptor
Windblown downed tree along Junction Hollow trail
Nurturing Nature.  Planting Possibility. Marijke Hecht Director of Education 412-682-7275 x208 [email_address]
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The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy's presentation to the Regent Square Civic Association meeting 6.7.10 regarding proposed outdoor learning spaces in Frick Park.

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  • Parks Conservancy Treehouse Presentation

    1. 1. Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Improving quality of life for the people of Pittsburgh by restoring the park system to excellence in partnership with the City.
    2. 2. Frick Park Reynolds Entry
    3. 3. Frick Park Reynolds Entry Completion 2000
    4. 4. Schenley Park Café and Visitor Center
    5. 5. Schenley Park Café and Visitor Center Completion 2001
    6. 6. Highland Park Entry Garden
    7. 7. Highland Park Entry Garden Completion 2005
    8. 8. Schenley Plaza
    9. 9. Schenley Plaza Completion 2006
    10. 10. Riverview Park Chapel Shelter
    11. 11. Riverview Park Chapel Shelter Completion 2008
    12. 12. Trail and Signage Improvements: 4.5+ miles of trail work and 100 new signs Frick Highland Riverview Schenley
    13. 13. Mellon Park Walled Garden
    14. 14. Regional Parks Plan Update
    15. 15. Environmental Center at Frick Park © Alexander Denmarsh
    16. 16. Engaging Children and Families <ul><ul><li>Provide children a sense of wonder and a permanent bond with nature </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Education through restoration </li></ul></ul>“ If facts are the seeds that later produce knowledge and wisdom, then the emotions and impressions of the senses are the fertile soil in which the seeds must grow. The early years of childhood are the time to prepare the soil.” Rachel Carson
    17. 17. Value of Connecting to the Environment <ul><li>Expanding imagination </li></ul><ul><li>Promoting complex thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Developing character </li></ul><ul><li>Combating ADD and ‘nature deficit disorder’ </li></ul><ul><li>Encouraging health & fitness </li></ul><ul><li>“ Kids who spend more time outside end up paying more attention inside.” </li></ul><ul><li>Environment and Behavior </li></ul><ul><li>January 2001 </li></ul>
    18. 18. Proposed Outdoor Learning Spaces <ul><li>Thirteen sites identified throughout Frick Park </li></ul><ul><li>None have a design yet </li></ul><ul><li>Spaces will blend into the environment </li></ul><ul><li>All will provide places to learn about nature </li></ul>
    19. 19. First proposed site to honor Kate & Peter Ambrusko
    20. 20. Evolution from playground for the Environmental Charter School to an outdoor learning space for ALL Frick Park users
    21. 21. Project process <ul><li>Informal discussion of concept with representatives from Citiparks and Department of Public Works </li></ul><ul><li>Issue Request for Proposals (RFP) to select design team </li></ul><ul><li>Select design team </li></ul><ul><li>Develop concept design – public will be able to contribute ideas through workshops/focus groups </li></ul><ul><li>City review of concept design </li></ul><ul><li>Public comment on concept design </li></ul><ul><li>Select concept design </li></ul><ul><li>Develop schematic documents </li></ul><ul><li>Raise additional funds for construction </li></ul><ul><li>Produce construction documents </li></ul><ul><li>City review of construction documents </li></ul><ul><li>Construct improvements </li></ul><ul><li>City accepts completed project </li></ul>
    22. 22. Project process <ul><li>Informal discussion of concept with representatives from Citiparks and Department of Public Works </li></ul><ul><li>Issue Request for Proposals (RFP) to select design team </li></ul><ul><li>Only steps 1 and 2 have been completed to date. </li></ul>
    23. 23. From Request for Proposals (RFP) issued by Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy April, 2010 <ul><li>“ The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy is seeking proposals to develop designs for a new children’s outdoor learning and activity space in Frick Park…” </li></ul><ul><li>“ The selected design team will be encouraged to creatively interpret the notion of a tree house through innovative art and design ideas.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ The design process must be collaborative in nature and include significant contributions from </li></ul><ul><ul><li>the children’s mother, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>other close family members and friends, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>children, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>local community members, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>and educational experts.” </li></ul></ul>
    24. 24. NOT a traditional playground
    25. 25. NOT a traditional treehouse
    26. 26. <ul><li>From Request for Proposals (RFP) issued by Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy April, 2010: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Final design and construction should: </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage imaginative activity in young children; </li></ul><ul><li>Offer children the opportunity to engage with nature and create imaginative landscapes of their own; </li></ul><ul><li>Be inclusive and accessible for children of all abilities;” </li></ul>Discovery Garden, Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh MTR Landscape Architects
    27. 27. <ul><li>From Request for Proposals (RFP) issued by Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy April, 2010: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Final design and construction should: </li></ul><ul><li>Use suitable materials for a park that is a complex ecosystem, historic landscape, and community property; </li></ul><ul><li>Respect and respond to the local environment; </li></ul><ul><li>Respect the needs of neighboring home owners; </li></ul><ul><li>Take into account a significant war memorial adjacent to the project site;” </li></ul>Discovery Garden, Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh MTR Landscape Architects
    28. 28. Discovery Garden, Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh MTR Landscape Architects <ul><li>From Request for Proposals (RFP) issued by Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy April, 2010: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Final design and construction should: </li></ul><ul><li>Reflect a balance between humans and the rest of the natural world in a manner that is at once playful and inspiring; </li></ul><ul><li>Be made entirely or predominantly from natural, locally harvested materials; </li></ul><ul><li>Be designed with an eye towards long term maintenance needs; </li></ul><ul><li>Include a designated space for temporary art installations.” </li></ul>
    29. 29. Lookout Loft, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA Forever Young Treehouses
    30. 30. Conway, New Hampshire Natural Playground Company
    31. 31. Morris Arboretum, Philadelphia, PA Patrick Dougherty , sculptor
    32. 32. Windblown downed tree along Junction Hollow trail
    33. 33. Nurturing Nature. Planting Possibility. Marijke Hecht Director of Education 412-682-7275 x208 [email_address]

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