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Point State Park
Point State Park
101 Commonwealth Pl.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania   15222

Phone: 724-865-2131
Toll Free: 888-727-2757
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Point State Park
'This is the Point State park under water'
© gary e sauer

This is Point State Park and the fountain is under water

Point State Park
© Copyright 2007-2010 Benjamin Prepelka All Rights Reserved


Point State Park is at the tip of Pittsburgh?s ?Golden Triangle.? It commemorates and preserves the strategic and historic heritage of the area during the French and Indian War (1754 - 1763).

By the early 1950s, the area had deteriorated into a commercial slum. It has been reclaimed and is now one of the nation?s outstanding historical parks and tourist attractions. The park is a National Historic Landmark.
History of the Area
The Allegheny and Monongahela rivers meet at Point State Park to form the Ohio River. During the mid-1700s, the armies of France and Britain were attracted to this area, each vying for control of the Ohio Valley. The intensity of the conflict was evidenced by the construction of four different forts at the site, within a period of ten years.

In 1754, French forces captured an outpost at the Point that had been erected by a force of Virginians. George Washington was sent to recapture the fort for the Virginians, but suffered his first and only defeat at Fort Necessity, 50 miles to the southeast.

The French then built Fort Duquesne at the Forks, which gave them control of the Ohio Valley until 1758. The only threat to their control occurred in 1755 when General George Braddock was defeated at the Battle of the Monongahela, only eight miles from the fort.

In 1758, an army of 6,000 lead by General John Forbes, marched west from Carlisle. Forbes stopped at Fort Ligonier, 50 miles to the southeast and made final preparations for the assault on Fort Duquesne.

The French, realizing they were badly outnumbered, burned the fort and departed two days before the British arrived on November 25, 1758. Soon Fort Pitt was under construction on the same site and was to be the most extensive fortification by the British in the American Colonies.

The French were never to regain control as their other outposts fell to the British. The only further action at Fort Pitt was in 1763 when it withstood American Indian attacks during Pontiac?s Insurrection.

Fort Pitt was finally abandoned in 1792. It had served to open the frontier to settlement as Pittsburgh became the ?Gateway to the West.??
July 2
Three Rivers Regatta
The annual Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta will be at Point State Park again this year. Every year, over 500,000 spectators flock to the banks of the Allegheny River, the inviting lawns of historic Point State Part, and the meandering river-walk of scenic North Shore.

There will be plenty to see, do and enjoy, including fireworks on the Fourth of July.

For more information and a schedule of events, check out

July 15
Downtown Parade and Car Display
The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix will host a parade and car display in downtown Pittsburgh on Wednesday, July 15. Point State Park is one of 4 locations downtown hosting a car display.

The parade begins at Rivers Casino at 10:30 AM and will enter the city at approximately 10:45 AM. Cars will be on display at Point State Park from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The event is free to the public, but space is limited for show cars. It will be a great day to take a long lunch break and check out some antique, classic and race cars!

For more information or to register your show car for the event, go to

July 25
One WHIRL Yoga Fest
The third annual One WHIRL Yoga Fest will be on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at Point State Park. It features a sunrise to sunset day of yoga classes and workshops, as well as vendors, food trucks, and exhibit booths.

There is no admission charge for the festival, but the classes/workshops have associated fees and some require pre-registration.

For more information and to register for classes and workshops, check out

August 7
Pittsburgh Triathlon and Adventure Race
The 18th annual Pittsburgh Triathlon and Adventure Race attracts nearly 2,000 triathletes from the Pittsburgh area and across the United States. This year, it will be centered in Point State Park.

Schedule of activities:

Event Expo

Friday, August 7, 2015 - 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Saturday, August 8, 2015 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Sunday, August 9, 2015 - 6:00 am to 12:00 pm

Race Day

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Sprint Triathlon starts at 6:45 am

Adventure Race starts at 7:15 am

Sunday, August 9, 2015

International Triathlon starts at 6:45 am

For more information and to register to race, go to:

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The 36-acre park can be reached from the east and west by I-376 and I-279, and from the north by PA 8 and from the south by PA 51.

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