This pedestrian bridge is located in downtown Pittsburgh. As best as I can tell, this bridge was built in the early 1960s. The upper bridge is called the Portal Bridge, carries one of the interstates over the Point, and does not have pedestrian access so I will not be walking it or posting about it. The pedestrian bridge does not have its own name and is not included in PGHbridges.com’s list of bridges in Pittsburgh. It crosses over a reflecting pool to connect the two parts of Point State Park which are divided by the highway. It is the only access point from downtown to the park.
The Point hosted both British (Fort Pitt) and French (Fort Duquesne) forts early in its European history. (The outlines of these forts are laid out on the grounds of the park.) This area became a railroad and warehouse district before the first (we are apparently now on our third) “Pittsburgh Renaissance” in the 1930s/40s/50s at which time it was turned into a park with the interstate transecting it.
The view above is looking toward the pedestrian bridge and the park away from downtown. This side of the bridge is a large, unexciting field. During festivals and events there will often be tents and kiosks here. On the other side of the bridge are the interesting parts of the park. My favorite feature is the fountain, which unfortunately has been turned off and under reconstruction for the last three years. According to a press release, the fountain will be back in working order next summer and better than ever. Also found on the other side of the pedestrian bridge is the Fort Pitt Museum (which I believe I went to once and keep saying I should visit again), the steps along the Allegheny River used for watching boat races and the Three Rivers Regatta which will be held June 30-July 4 this year, and some tree-lined walks.
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