Point State Park Should Be Accessible to the Public

Photo by J. Pellgen.

Now that Pittsburgh’s Juneteenth has also announced moving their event out of Point State Park because of institutional barriers after previously announcing use of the park this year, much like Pittsburgh Pride, it is more than clear that there is a systemic problem with the administration of the park. 

We are calling on Governor Shapiro and our local State Representatives and Senators to address these issues since DCNR failed to do so and denies any mismanagement or mistreatment. 

Point State Park is a public asset that should be accessible to the public. 

Jim Sheppard is a resident of Downtown Pittsburgh. Jim served as a Commissioner on the City of Pittsburgh Human Relations Commission which investigates instances of discrimination in the City of Pittsburgh and recommends necessary protections in our City Code to provide all people in Pittsburgh with equal opportunities. He has worked for Pittsburgh City Council, the Pittsburgh Mayor, and the Allegheny County Controller. For five years he was the President of the Steel City Stonewall Democrats. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. (He / Him / His)