Fairview Park was developed in 1945 by the Monongahela Valley Sunday School Association — a group of African-American churches from Westmoreland and Allegheny counties. At a time when segregation restricted access to other public amusement parks, Fairview Park was a place the African-American community could call its own. At one point, the park had a roller coaster, a merry-go-round, a skating rink, a swimming pool, softball fields, swings, see-saws, a sandbox, a petting zoo and hot-air balloon rides.
As of February 2011, Fairview Park received recognition on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, Fairview Park is still a magnificent family oriented locale for both private and public gatherings and events. Each year the Fairview Park Association holds their Annual Picnic, an event open to all on the third Saturday of August.