Parks and Rec

Within the city limits, Frick Park is great, especially that passes below below Forbes Avenue and further South. Schenley has good casual walking/hiking trails.

Both are highly accessible from most campuses.

Harrison Hills park is also a nice park. It is one of the county parks (like N. Park or Hartwood). It has a really long trail that runs along side the cliffs over the Allegheny River. To hike the full loop takes about 2 hours with good views pretty much the whole time. It is right outside of Natrona Heights. From where you live, you could take 28 North to get there.

  • Racoon Creek is great for hiking. Some of the trails can get very water logged after the rain but definitely my favorite for hiking.
  • South Park is also very nice and has a pretty good golf course.
  • The Montour Trail is obviously not a park but an awesome trail for hiking and biking. The map on the sight will show you many different places to get get on it and there are tons of little trails that spin off the main one.

Don’t forget the Three River Heritage Trail. It’s nowhere near as beautiful as dedicated parks, but it’s great for walking/biking.

For excursions, I recommend Lake Arthur in Moraine State Park. Lots of trails and lake coves.

Problems At Frick Park

Frick park could be a nice place to spend time with your dog. Read “could.” Like many other dogs, our dog has severe anxiety and does not play well with others and that is why we keep him on a leash at all times.

If every pet owner could simply keep their dog on a leash, the park would be a much safer place for everyone. Currently, it is not safe and it is not fair. IF you insist on having your dog off-leash, please only use one of the fenced off areas in the park designated for off-leash play.

The owners will usually respond with: “oh, he’s friendly.” But they say that after an attack just the same. I have heard this ignorant excuse time and time again, and it is not okay. It’s important to remember that even if your dog is the perfect, it is still and always will be an animal.

People who don’t control/call back their off leash dogs always make me think they just don’t actually care or think about their own dog’s safety.

This is a fundamental problem with people, it seems.

Good luck convincing dog owners that their little buddy isn’t special and that they should follow the rules for everybody’s sake. Just like in traffic, many people seem to think the rules apply only to everybody else.

We also have the same issue but on a much smaller scale at the dog park here in Lawrenceville.

Still, this happens in pretty much every city.

If you do some searching around online, you’ll see people complaining about it all over the place. Aside from the residents who just don’t care, the issue is generally that the police aren’t going to respond to these complaints (unless there’s a physical fight or something similar) and animal control is overworked. It’s not reasonable, for the animal control officer or for the city itself, to station somebody in the parks for hours at a time just to make sure that people keep their dogs on leash.

Unfortunately, it’s like the equivalent of having somebody standing nearby to make sure people don’t litter.

I’d recommend carrying a large umbrella with you. If a dog starts running towards you, open the umbrella and point it down in the direction of the dog, as a blocker between the dog and you.