Almost exactly twelve years ago, in 2002, tragedy struck in Frick Park in Pittsburgh. I was on a long evening run in Frick Park when I unwittingly came across what had happened earlier in the day.
From my journal, August 4, 2002
“91 degrees, heat index 93. The Frick Park entrance was closed off for
some reason with tape, so that I could not access the water fountain I
had counted on using, so I ran up to Forbes instead and to Braddock to
get a fountain at that end of the park.”
Later in the evening, I found out what had happened:
“Whoa!!! The Frick Environmental Center was burned down in the
morning. No wonder it was all closed off when I tried to run to the
This was reported the next day in the Post-Gazette.
Yesterday, construction of the new Frick Environmental Center began, finally, after twelve years of uncertainty and controversy.
On my evening run tonight (very cool, in the 60s, this summer, unlike the summer of twelve years ago!), I checked out the construction site.
Road sign on Beechwood Blvd:
Old burned building still there:
Some trail detour signs: