Borough of Bethel Park
The Borough of Bethel Park is eight miles south of Pittsburgh and host to a diverse variety of housing, shopping and transportation needs. The borough’s name is most likely taken from a meeting house. Bethel Park was incorporated in 1949 and became a home rule municipality in 1978.
Accessible public transportation is another hallmark of Bethel Park. The Port Authority Transit light rail has two lines that serve parts of Bethel Park as well as a free Park and Ride lot. Bethel Park is home to several vibrant retail destinations including South Hills Village and South Park Shops. Other attractions in Bethel Park include the South Park Wave Pool.
Bethel Park has 117 acres of municipal parks including Millennium Park on Baptist Road, Simmons Park on Clifton Road, Village Green Park on Oxford Drive, and eight neighborhood parks or fields. Additionally, a portion of the Montour Trail is in Bethel Park.
Did You Know?
- The exposed rocks in Bethel Park are mostly composed of sandstone, limestone, shale, and a few coal layers.
- The first armored car robbery in the U.S. occurred on March 11, 1927 when a Brinks truck, heading towards the Coverdale Mine about a mile away was attacked. Paul Jaworski and his ‘Flatheads” gang destroyed the road with dynamite to steal a mining payroll.
- Bethel Park was the location of Pittsburgh’s first drive-in theater, South Park Drive-In (August 27, 1940-September 1, 1985). It was located on Route 88, just north of the entrance to South Park. South Park Commons, Jiffy Lube, and Arby’s now occupy the drive-in site.
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