Parks and Recreation

Use of Borough Parks, Playgrounds, and Parking Lots

A permit is required for the use of Borough Parks Parks/Playgrounds, the Penn Avenue Parklet, and Borough-owned Parking lots for parties and events; the Permit Application is available here. Permits are reviewed by the Parks and Recreation Committee at their monthly meeting, so please submit your request in a timely manner.

The permit application for Street Closures for block parties, parades, etc., is available here; applications require the approval of Council, so please submit your application no less than 2 weeks in advance of your planned event, and at least 2 weeks prior to the next scheduled Council meeting.

Park Profiles

Whitney Park

Located near the corner of Wilkins Avenue and Whitney Avenue, Whitney Park covers 1.64 acres. Facilities at Whitney Park include playground equipment, baseball field, basketball courts, and picnic tables. Nine Mile Run flows in a culvert under Whitney Park. The Whitney Park Neighborhood Association, a group of residents from the surrounding blocks, work to maintain various aspects of the Park. For more information or to get involved, contact (412) 244-9588 or ct.evans@verizon.net.

Park Avenue

The Park Avenue Park is located between Park Avenue and Montier Street, just a few blocks southeast of Hunter Park. The Park Avenue Park is 1.08 acres, and facilities include a basketball court, playground equipment, and covered picnic tables.

Taylor Park

Taylor Park is located at the corner of Todd Street and Lamar Avenue, adjacent to the grounds of the Second United Presbyterian Church. Taylor Park provides a soothing green space for the surrounding neighborhoods, and includes benches and a community garden. For more information about the garden, please contact Reverend Deb Warren at (412) 242-4430, or secondpresbyterian@verizon.net.

Hunter Park

Wilkinsburg’s largest park, Hunter Park, covers nearly 9 acres. Hunter Park is located north of Penn Avenue, where James Street connects Coal Street and Swissvale Avenue. With basketball courts, a baseball field, playground equipment, picnic areas, and wooded areas, Hunter Park provides ample opportunity for recreation and relaxation. Hunter Park, has recently undergone extensive rehabilitation with a $300,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Holmes Street Mini-Park

The Holmes Street Mini-Park, located at the intersection of Holmes and Wood Streets, includes playground equipment and a covered picnic area.

Ferguson Mini-Park

Ferguson Mini-Park is located two blocks south of Penn Avenue, where Center Street intersects South Avenue. It has playground equipment and a paved, fenced play area large enough for two tennis courts.