The Allegheny River, Mountains and County get their name from the Allegwi Indians who used to inhabit the area when it was mostly wilderness. North Fayette Township received its name from General LaFayette in the 19th century.
While the names have remained the same, the area has changed drastically since its earlier days. The western region of Allegheny County has recently become an attractive location for shopping, dining, entertainment and living. The Pointe at North Fayette consists of several major anchor stores, including a Wal-Mart Superstore, Home Depot, Barnes and Noble, Target and many other various stores and restaurants. Robinson Towne Center – located across the highway from The Pointe – offers an IKEA home store, a large multi-screen theater and various other shops and restaurants. The newest addition to the area is The Mall at Robinson Town Centre, which opened in the fall of 2001. This 1.2 million-square-foot facility is home to Kaufmann’s, Sears, J.C. Penney and Dick’s Sporting Goods, along with 100 other well known stores.
Nearby Pittsburgh offers a number of other shopping and entertainment options. The Strip is lined with fresh produce markets, wholesale stores, restaurants and coffee shops. For those who prefer live music shows over shopping, there is the Post Gazette Pavillion – a large, outdoor amphitheater that showcases national and international acts. Also, Pittsburgh offers Heinz Hall, the Benedum Center and the Byham Theater, which feature the Pittsburgh Symphony, Broadway musicals, dance performances, and national and international tours. For film fanatics, the Harris Theater offers alternative and foreign films.
Residents of North Fayette and the surrounding communities enjoy a number of exciting annual events. Just some of the programs run by the local Township Parks and Recreation Board include an Easter Egg Hunt, Community Days, Autumn Fest, Movies in the Park and Light up Night – a Christmas event featuring 400 displays within a three-mile stretch that showcases more than two million points of light.
For some outdoor fun, residents can enjoy the Montour trail. This multi-use non-motorized recreational trail near Pittsburgh will eventually extend 47 miles from Coraopolis to Clairton. Residents can use the trail for biking, walking, competitive running and cross-country skiing. The Montour Trail will eventually be linked to the Allegheny Trail Alliance, which in turn will connect with the C&O Canal Towpath at Cumberland. These links will create a traffic-free route from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C.
Other local attractions include the Allegheny County Fair, the Neville Ice Skating Rink, the Three Rivers Art Festival, the Sandcastle Waterpark, the Seven Spring Mountain Resort, the Kennywood Amusement Park and the Pittsburgh Zoo. Some possibilities for indoor fun are offered at the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum and the Carnegie Science Center.
The residents of the North Fayette, Oakdale, Imperial-Enlow receive all the advantages of the city while enjoying the beautiful country surroundings.
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