Plaza and Water Feature at PPG Place

The PPG Place Plaza is a one-acre year-round attraction with trees and seating areas surrounding the unique water feature during the warm weather months and an ice rink during the winter months. The Plaza is the site of a variety of activities throughout the year.


PPG Place, including the PPG Place Plaza, is a Smoke-Free Zone.


From spring through fall, the Plaza is a tranquil seating area with tables and plants surrounding a unique Water Feature. During the warm weather months have a seat and enjoy the sights and sounds of downtown Pittsburgh.

Water Feature at PPG Place Information

Water pulses from the surface up to a height of over fifteen feet, with no barrier between the fountain and the rest of the plaza. The water disappears into the plaza surface and is recycled. The 140 columns of water are dramatically accented by underground multi-colored lights, providing a breathtaking display at night.

The feature was designed by WET Design of Universal City in collaboration with SWA Group and officially opened in the spring of 2003.

Water Feature at PPG Place Operation

The water feature operates from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. In order to maintain a pleasant professional business environment for the PPG Place customers as well as to provide an enjoyable experience for visitors, the water feature is for viewing only. 
Access into the water is NOT permitted at any time

Plaza Guidelines:

  • Minors must be supervised by an adult at all times on the plaza.
  • Running is not permitted.
  • Street clothing and shoes are required at all times.
  • Lying or sunbathing on the Plaza surface is not permitted.
  • Bikes, skateboards, toys, and animals are not permitted on the Plaza.
  • Do not drink the water – it is treated and re-circulated.

The UPMC Rink at PPG Place

The Plaza is transformed from mid-November through end of February into The UPMC Rink at PPG Place, a spectacular one-of-a-kind outdoor ice skating rink.