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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is known for its unique neighborhoods, all with different personalities, architecture and designs. This is one of the reasons Pittsburgh is such a popular filming destination for movie studios! Hazelwood, a large neighborhood located four miles west of the downtown area, is no exception. Historically, Hazelwood was a rather industrial neighborhood, but grew into a residential area for local families. Today, it is composed of mid-sized, standalone, single-family homes and a few smaller apartment complexes. However, there are also a few schools, churches, a public library branch, locally-owned and small businesses, a large cemetery, and local restaurants in the area. 

Hazelwood sits on the northern shore of the Monongahela River, but unfortunately, much of the riverside is unaccessible, as it was previously used for industrial spaces and is now in disrepair. However, there are local efforts to convert much of the riverside spaces into accessible parks and commercial spaces. Fun fact: famous rapper Wiz Khalifa is originally from the Hazelwood neighborhood!

Terrain in Hazelwood
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Hazelwood, like many Pittsburgh suburbs, is a rather hilly neighborhood. The peak seems to be centrally located in the neighborhood along Parade Street and it evens out closer to the waterfront. With these changes in elevation, you and your pup should carefully plan your walking routes, particularly if you want to avoid overly strenuous inclines.


Thankfully, even though this is a more urban city, there are plenty of trees and grassy areas around Hazelwood. During summer and sunny days, you should have plenty of shade and grass to cool off your pup's hot paw pads. Additionally, most of Hazelwood has sidewalks, so you and your pup have a safe place to walk away from traffic. 

The boundaries of Hazelwood include Bigelow Street and Second Avenue to the north, Browns Hill Road to the east, Hazelwood Cemetery and the Monongahela River to the south, and the Monongahela River to the west. Two major Pittsburgh bridges enter into the neighborhood: Hot Metal Bridge and Glenwood Bridge. 

Greenways in Hazelwood
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Neighborhoods in Pittsburgh have an average of:
15 Greenways
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There are plenty of greenways for you and your pup to explore in the Hazelwood area! Besides the large Calvary Catholic Cemetery located on the eastern border of the neighborhood, many of these parks are pup-friendly as long as they remain leashed and under your control. The largest public park in the neighborhood is Hazelwood Greenway. This largely wooded area has slowly become more developed with the addition of a small playground, and a walking and biking trail. This is a great option if you and your pup need to stretch your legs!

There are a few mid-sized greenways throughout Hazelwood. These typically have small playgrounds for local children, benches or picnicking areas, and maybe a few sporting facilities. These parks include Gladstone Fields, Lewis Parklet, and Burgwin Park. 

Smaller, local greenways include Flowers Avenue Garden, Chatsworth Flower Garden, Elizabeth Street Park, and Hazelwood Community Garden. There is also a larger park, which is mostly composed of sporting facilities, located on the northern border of the neighborhood known as Bud Hammer Field. 

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