“The transformation of Point State Park is almost complete, and with the reconstructed fountain it will once again be a jewel in our award-winning state park system,” said DCNR secretary Richard J. Allan in a statement. ”After hard work and collaboration across the region, we’re happy to celebrate this major reconstruction with a public event that will showcase the renovations and the park in a stunning waterfront gathering spot.”
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Pittsburgh police are hoping Light Up Night revelers will avoid the buzz kill of a parking ticket or trip to the tow pound.
They are recommending extra caution tonight for those who drive to the festivities. Because several parking meters have been removed and replaced with kiosks, the temporary “no parking” signs might not be as in-your-face as when they were attached to each meter. They recommend that visitors park in lots or garages rather than on the streets.
As an added precaution, they are urging visitors not to leave valuables like iPods, laptops or GPS devices within sight in their vehicles.
“The holiday season is upon us and there are predators who seek the opportunity to vandalize vehicles when they observe unsecured valuables left in plain view,” said police spokeswoman Diane Richard.
It will be another spring before the fountain at Point State Park bubbles up again.
That was the message Thursday about progress on the $9.6 million fountain renovation, which began in late 2011, part of a $35 million makeover of the entire park.
If the weather stays mild, flooding remains minimal and the construction work proceeds smoothly, park manager Matt Greene said he is “cautiously optimistic” that water will return to the fountain in spring 2013. The fountain was shut off in April 2009.
“So far, so good,” Mr. Greene said as he surveyed the tip of the Point.
As usual, one bad apple… A joyous annual event, eagerly anticipated by Pittsburghers, was tainted this evening. During the fireworks a shooting occurred. A man was shot and wounded at the corner of Smithfield Street and Liberty Avenue. During police questioning, an unruly crowd gathering in front of the Wood Street subway station and a fight broke out. 35-50 people were arrested. K-9 units were called in and pepper spray was used. After an hour and a half, order was restored.
Kudos to the Pittsburgh Police Department for quickly restoring order!
Shame on the n’er do wells for trying to spoil a downtown holiday event that 200,000 people were expected to attend!
This link shows some great pictures of downtown Pittsburgh at night, all lit up…there are several pictures with Christmas decorations and the Christmas tree in Point State Park lit up for your enjoyment!