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Pittsburgh Dedicates Fountain in Allegheny Commons to Steelers Matriarch Patricia Rooney



Karl Rosner / Pittsburgh Steelers

The city of Pittsburgh has dedicated a fountain in Allegheny Commons on the city’s North Side to the Patricia Rooney, the mother of Steelers president Art Rooney II and wife of chairman Dan Rooney.

Patricia Rooney, who died at age 88 in January, had spearheaded a restoration of the fountain along with the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, one of her favorite charitable causes. Rooney was born on the North Side near the park and lived nearby for much of her life.

“The park was truly the center of her life,” Art Rooney II said to “It’s very special.”

The fountain was officially dedicated as the Patricia Rooney Memorial Fountain with a plaque unveiled on Thursday in a ceremony led by mayor Bill Peduto.

“As we dedicate this fountain that would not have happened without her active participation, she was the driving force that brought everyone else around it and allowed all of us to be a part of this beautiful transformation,” Peduto said. “It’s much more than a dedication of a fountain today. It’s the rededication of the North Side. … As we were talking about this, we knew what week we had to have it. The week we chose was Mother’s Day. She was a matriarch for all of us.”