Things in Pittsburgh that Don’t Suck: 2

Things That Don’t Suck, Issue 2: Frick Park

Frick Park is a huuuge park with many different sections that runs along the back borders of several neighborhoods: Squirrel Hill, Regent Square, Point Breeze, and there is even a section of bike trail that supposedly you can take all the way to the Aquafacade..ermm Waterfront…shopping blight.

Frick is for the most part a big, deep, heavily wooded gorge that sits between all those neighborhoods. I think that’s why it’s a park; it’s hills are too steep for even Pittsburghers to try to build houses on! There are several groomed and civilized parts of the park; a sproggen play area, soccer and baseball fields, a tennis court, I think even a lawn bowling section. But those aren’t the parts that me and BW like to frequent.

We like the part called the Frick Environmental Center. Here the park managers try to leave everything in as natural a state as possible. There are woods, walking trails, and not much else. At the bottom of the gorge is a small marshy area with duck boxes/houses. I love this part of the park because, after taking just ten steps in, you simply cannot imagine that you’re in the middle of a city. You would never know at all, if it weren’t for the occasional passerby and the odd helicopter passing over. All around, it looks more like a state forest park than anything urban. A visit there never fails to instill a sense of serenity. See for yourself.

The paths and trails through this section are not for the faint of heart, though. Some of them are VERY steep. As a result, Frick attracts a lot of hardcore runners and extreme mountainbiker types. Also it’s the place where PGH’s dog owners congregate. Doggies just LOVE Frick Park, and one of the fun things about a trip to Frick is seeing all the doggies. And, the fact that the play area is waaayyyyy far off in another section of park ensures that the Environmental Center has a very low sprog quotient most of the time.

And there you have another Thing That Doesn’t Suck!

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