Panther Hollow Watershed Restoration

Client: Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
Location: Pittsburgh, PA

In 2011, Meliora Design led a multi-firm team in the preparation of a restoration plan for the Panther Hollow Watershed for the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy. This plan focused on restoring the natural hydrologic regime of the watershed through the implementation of green infrastructure interventions in Schenley Park. After identifying and prioritizing GI interventions, two pilot projects were selected in the upper reaches of the watershed in order to manage runoff at the source. Along Beacon Street, a subsurface infiltration trench will collect and manage public street runoff from 1-inch rainfall events, mitigating the cause of erosive conditions below. At the First Tee of Pittsburgh, retentive grading measures will slow down runoff from the golf course, allowing it to infiltrate along the hillside while supporting a natural meadow.

Meliora also developed a conceptual design to convert Schenley Drive into a green, "skinny" street. A vegetated buffer and porous pavement path, which fits within the current cartway & shoulders, will manage runoff generated by the remaining road. A "skinny" Schenley Drive will accommodate for its multiple users and safely connect pedestrians and bicyclists to the Squirrel Hill and Oakland neighborhoods, as well as the Park itself.

  • 259 morgan Street, Phoenixville, PA 19460
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