- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh’s Point State Park has been named one of America’s 10 Great Public Spaces by the American Planning Association.

The Washington-based group picks 10 public places, 10 streets and 10 neighborhoods each year that it believes highlight culture, comfort and the wisdom of planning.

Located at the confluence of the city’s three rivers, the triangular park was once the site of 18th century forts, later overbuilt with industrial plants and, beginning in 1964, redeveloped as a state park.

The state revamped the park in a $35 million renovation that began in 2007, the city’s 250th anniversary.

The Great Public Spaces honor “really affirms the investment that was made” says Stephen Bontrager. He’s a spokesman for Riverlife, a nonprofit that worked on the renovations with the state and the Allegheny Conference on Community Development.

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