Martin Luther King Jr./Warren K. Branch Park Stormwater Project

In Planning Stormwater

We are planning to install underground storage tanks below the park to hold stormwater runoff from uphill areas then slowly release the water into the sewer system after rainstorms.

Progress & Status

90%
Design Complete

Martin Luther King Jr./Warren K. Branch Park is home to a community garden on a former ball field. The park is located at the intersection of Kirkpatrick Street and Bentley Drive and is surrounded by steep slopes on all sides.

This project will help reduce the 115 million gallons of combined sewage that overflow from the surrounding area into the Monongahela River in a typical year. 

Project Details

  • Install a system of underground storage tanks beneath the community garden. 
  • Route stormwater from the new developments, surrounding hillsides, and nearby roads to the underground tanks for temporary storage.
  • Slowly release the stormwater from the underground storage tanks after the rain has passed, when the combined sewer system has more capacity to carry the stormwater without overflowing to the river.

Financial Partners

  • This project is partially funded by ALCOSAN’s GROW grant program.

Additional Information

Locations & Schedule

Location Details:
Located within Terrace Village, by the Hill District, Uptown, and West Oakland

Start Date: Construction within the park fence expected to start March 2023. Construction outside the park fence expected to start Spring 2023.

Completion Date: Design expected complete Summer 2022. Construction within the park fence expected complete late May 2023. Construction outside the park fence expected complete Fall 2023.

Map showing location of Martin Luther King Jr./Warren K. Branch Park in the Terrace Village neighborhood

Martin Luther King Jr./Warren K. Branch Park
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
United States

Project Contacts

If you have questions, please contact the Project Manager

Project Manager :
Meghan Simek
412-255-8800 ext. 5031
msimek@pgh2o.com

If you have questions, please contact Public Affairs

Education and Outreach Associate :
Elaine Hinrichs
412-738-1887
ehinrichs@pgh2o.com