Media Coverage | Pittsburgh looks to dedicate $3.5 million to major Homewood Park renovations

Jul 25, 2023


STEVEN ADAMS | TRIBUNE-REVIEW | Homewood Park in Pittsburgh, Monday, Aug. 1, 2022

Pittsburgh officials are looking to dedicate $3.5 million to a major renovation effort at Homewood Park.

The park will be updated with a football field and other amenities.

Homewood Community Sports — in partnership with The Heinz Endowments, Operation Better Block, Neighborhood Allies, Bridging the Gap Development and The Mission Continues — began a study of field improvements at the park’s Willie Stargell Field in 2015. It identified challenges with the existing conditions, including that the current field serves as both a baseball and football field despite being inadequately sized for either sport.

Homewood Community Sports developed a master plan for the existing field and the expansion of Homewood Park onto the former Homewood School property on Hamilton Avenue. Officials broke ground on the project in May.

Plans include a football field with seating and accessibility improvements for people with disabilities, as well as a playground and multipurpose courts for various activities. The renovation project also is slated to include relocating the existing pool and bathhouse to accommodate field renovations.

Officials have estimated the project will cost between $12 and $16 million. In addition to the $3.5 million the city is looking to contribute, the work will be partially funded by grants from The Heinz Endowments and Pennsylvania Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program.

A series of measures introduced to City Council this week would look to reallocate funding to provide the cash for Homewood Park.

Most of the money was left over from completed projects, said Olga George, a spokesperson for Mayor Ed Gainey. Money also would be pulled from Jefferson Recreation Center, but George said a separate proposed American Rescue Plan Act allocation would replenish those funds.

The measure also would move some funds earmarked for upgrades at Warrington Recreation Center, but George said officials plan to replace that funding “when design is complete.”

City Council could take a preliminary vote on the measures as early as next week with a final vote as soon as the following week.


Julia Felton is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Julia by email at or via Twitter .

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