The park, built on land condemned from businesses in the 1950s, opened in 1974, when construction was completed on its iconic fountain.
The park also includes the outlines and remains of two of the oldest structures in Pittsburgh, Fort Pitt and Fort Duquesne. The Fort Pitt Museum, housed in the Monongahela Bastion of Fort Pitt, commemorates the French and Indian War (1754 - 1763), in which the area soon to become Pittsburgh was a major battlefield.
The park, a registered National Historic Landmark, will be undergoing a four-year $25 million dollar renovation with the majority of the work to be completed in time for Pittsburgh's 250th anniversary celebration in 2008.
The fort was occupied by the French, the British and finally the Americans.