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.