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Northsiders gather to celebrate reopening of historic fountain

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Northsiders gather to celebrate reopening of historic fountain
A crowd gathers around the newly refurbished Northeast Fountain.

A community celebration to commemorate the grand reopening of the Northeast Fountain took place on May 2 in Allegheny Commons Park.

Story and photos by Ashlee Green

In partnership with the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny Commons Initiative, and the Northside Leadership Conference, the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy (PPC) held a grand reopening celebration on May 2 for the reconstructed Northeast Fountain. The fountain is located at the corner of Cedar and East North Avenue in Allegheny Commons Park and faces the entrance to Allegheny General Hospital.

Community residents gathered together for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the reemergence of the historic fountain, listen to the sounds of the Pittsburgh Banjo Club, and eat light snacks and refreshments from Bistro To Go and The Priory.

The fountain’s reconstruction took “decades of work and decades of patience,” according to PPC CEO Jayne Miller, and reflects its previous 1868 design. According to a press release, it features a “50-foot basin with a large, Grecian vase and one centered main jet surrounded by smaller jets around the base.”

Miller thanked the Northside residents in attendance and said the fountain is a symbol of the revitalization happening throughout the Northside neighborhoods.