Spring Planting at Ronald Street

Volunteers plant the Ronald Street island, 21 May 2016

Despite the rain (again!) six volunteers turned out to weed and plant the Ronald Street island on Saturday morning, May 21.

Beautiful results!

A job well done by volunteers who planted the Ronald Street island, 21 May 2016

Thanks to Pat Hassett for the photos.


Get Ready for The Greenfield Glide, June 5!

The Greenfield Glide

The Greenfield Glide

Get ready for the Greenfield Glide!  This 5K race/walk starts and ends at the Schenley Park Overlook turnaround, Sunday June 5 at 8:30am.

On-site registration is open 7:00-8:20am so get there early — or register online at GreenfieldGlide.com.

Do you miss the Greenfield Bridge?  Ride the free Shuttle to the Glide:

SHUTTLE PICKUP: Greenfield Elementary School Parking Lot, 1 Alger St, Pgh PA 15207
Departs School: Beginning at 6am, Last Run at 8 am
Departs Park: Beginning at 10:30 am, Last Run at 12:30 pm

For more information download the Greenfield Glide flyer here.


Spring Plantings In Progress!

GCA Volunteers pause for a photo after planting at Irvine Street (photo by Kate St. John)

GCA Volunteers pause for a photo after planting at Irvine Street (photo by Kate St. John)

Heavy rain didn’t keep these intrepid GCA volunteers from the Spring Planting Event at Irvine Street on Saturday May 14.

It rained hard for more than an hour as we weeded, planted, and mulched at the Pump House on the corner of Irvine Street and Greenfield Avenue.  When the job was done, the sky cleared in time for rewarding coffee and snacks.

Another job well done!

Did you miss this wet event?  Come to a dry one(*) at GCA’s Ronald Street Spring Planting on Saturday May 21 at 9:00am.  Volunteers needed!

 

(*)We’re doing our best to arrange good weather for the May 21st planting.  😉


Community Meeting: Buncher Property Rezoning

Buncher Property at 5500 Forward Ave (photo courtesy SHUC.org)

Buncher Property at 5500 Forward Ave (photo courtesy SHUC.org)

Community Presentation and Discussion:  5500 Forward Avenue, Property of Buncher Company

When: MONDAY, May 2, 2016, 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Where: Jewish Community Center, 5738 Forbes Ave in Squirrel Hill, Room 202

The Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition and Greenfield Community Association invite you to a public meeting to learn more about Buncher Company’s recent application to Pittsburgh City Planning to rezone and consolidate the property on 5500 Forward Avenue.

Please join Councilman Corey O’Connor; a Buncher Company representative; representatives from Office of City Planning; and members from SHUC and GCA Gateway, Commercial Development and Transportation committees as we discuss what the zoning changes may mean for this important “first-impression” corner of the southern Gateway into Squirrel Hill and our two communities.

Your comments at the meeting will be welcomed.

For more information about this project or any other Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition-led programs and events, please call 412-422-7666 or email us at info@shuc.org. Find us at www.shuc.org

SHUC and GCA logos


Thanks to Magee Park Volunteers

Thanks to volunteers, the railings look a lot better at Magee Park (photo by Patrick Hassett)

Thanks to volunteers, the railings look a lot better at Magee Park (photo by Patrick Hassett)

Last Saturday’s cleanup (April 16) was a great success.

Volunteers painted the railings on the bleachers, touched up the “Magee Park” sign, picked up trash, and planted a garden.  Here are some photos of the work day.

A big Thank You to everyone!

Scraping and painting the railings (photo by Patrick Hassett)

Scraping and painting the railings (photo by Patrick Hassett)

 

Thanks for picking up trash at Magee Park! (April 16, 2016,photo by Patrick Hassett)

Picking up trash at Magee Park.  Thank you! (April 16, 2016,photo by Patrick Hassett)

 

Volunteers plant a garden near the Magee Rec Center (photo by Patrick Hassett)

Planting a garden near the Magee Rec Center (photo by Patrick Hassett)

 

And when it was all done .. the kids came out to play soccer.

Kids practicing soccer at Magee Park, 16 April 2016 (photo by Patrick Hassett)

Kids practicing soccer at Magee Park, 16 April 2016 (photo by Patrick Hassett)

 

(photos by Patrick Hassett)


Volunteers Needed … And There’s Pizza!

Rialto's Pizza for lunch

The GCA Public Space Stewardship Committee says:

This Spring, come help with these projects and you’ll get pizza!

Magee Park – Cleanup, Planting, & Pizza Party, Saturday April 16, 9:00am to 12:30pm

Step 1: Work – cleaning up Magee Park
– trash pickup
– preparing & painting handrails
– planting two native flower beds and clearing weeds for a new vegetable garden
– learning to make native seed bombs
– have fun

Step 2: Lunch! Pizza and Refreshments provided by Greenfield Community Association.

 

Spring Plantings & Pizza Party, May 14 & May 21, 9:00am to noon

Meet at Gardens Below:
May 14, 9:00am: Irvine Street (Pump House) Hazelwood/Greenfield Ave. May 14th: 9am to Noon
May 21, 9:00am: Ronald St (Garden by Rialtos)

Step 1: Weed, plant, mulch & water the gardens. All supplies and water are provided.

Step 2: Lunch! Pizza and Refreshments provided by Greenfield Community Association.


Sign Up for the Greenfield Glide!

Greenfield Glide logo 2016

Registration for the 34th Annual Greenfield Glide is now open!

The Greenfield Glide is a hilly run through Schenley Park that kicks off the Citiparks Community Footrace Series.

It starts and ends at the turn-around on Overlook Drive with a running (or walking!) tour of beautiful Schenley Park trails in between.

Pre-register online here for only $20.50 to run or $12 to walk.  If you wait until the day of the race it’ll cost you $25 to run, $15 to walk.

Day-of registration opens at 7:00 am at the Overlook Shelter in Schenley Park.  Registrants can also pick up their shirts and bibs there starting at 7:00 am on race day.

The Greenfield Glide has gone “greener” this year with an option for the Virtual Race Bag in place of the standard runner’s packet. Participants will receive an email with a link to the Virtual Race Bag prior to the race.

After the race, runners and walkers are encouraged to hang out for an awards ceremony and post race picnic provided by the Greenfield Community Association.

All registered participants are also eligible to win exciting raffle prizes!

Visit these links for all the details:

Sign up soon!


Part of 2nd Avenue to Close, Weekend of Feb 19-22

Area of 2nd Ave that will close 10pm, Feb 19 to 5am Feb 22, 2016

Area of 2nd Ave that will close 10pm, Feb 19 to 5am Feb 22, 2016

If you’ve seen the signs this week that Second Avenue will close, here’s what they mean.

We’ve learned from Corey O’Connor’s office that a contractor is installing deep sewer lines over the weekend and must close Second Avenue from Greenfield Avenue (area of the trestle) to Swinburne Spur which is the short road providing access to the UPMC parking lot and the Eliza Furnace Trail.

Based on this information, the dashed red line on map above will be CLOSED at 10:00pm Friday February 19 until 5:00am Monday, February 22, 2016.

 

REVISION at 12:18pm:  City of Pittsburgh Public Works says the closure will be from Hot Metal Bridge to Greenfield Ave.  See notice below.


 

Here’s the Press Release from City of Pittsburgh, DPW
Sent 02/16/2016 @ 12:18 pm
PITTSBURGH, PA (Feb. 16, 2016) – The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works advises that a portion of Second Avenue – from Greenfield Avenue to the Hot Metal Bridge – will be closed from Friday, Feb. 19, 2016 at 10:00 p.m., until Monday, Feb. 22, 2016 at 5:00 a.m.

The closure is necessary to allow manhole and utility line work to be performed in the roadway for a private development. The work is being performed by Independence Excavating, a heavy civil and highway contractor.

Detour From Downtown

Outbound vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle traffic traveling on Second Avenue from downtown will be able to access all businesses and parking facilities between the Hot Metal Bridge and Swineburne St. but will not have through access to Greenfield Ave. A marked detour will direct vehicle traffic from Second Ave. (SR 885) to Hot Metal Bridge to E. Carson St.

Detour From Greenfield Avenue

A marked detour utilizing State Route 885 (Irvine St., Second Ave., Glenwood Bridge) and State Route 837 (E. Carson St.) will be posted during construction.

Pedestrian and bicycle traffic will have access to all buildings and businesses along Irvine St. in Hazelwood as well as access through the intersection of Greenfield Ave. and Irvine St.

Contact:

If you have any questions concerning this closure, please contact Independence Excavating at 3826 Saxonburg Boulevard, Cheswick PA, 15294, or at (216) 446-3478.

 

 

(screenshot of map from Google Maps)


Does Your Street Need Repaving?

Potholes in Greenfield, Feb 2016 (photo by Kate St. John)

Does a Greenfield street near you look like a bombed war zone?  Does it have potholes inside potholes?

The Department of Public Works is getting ready for spring repaving and needs to know which streets are most in need.  Report the street two ways and it’ll get some attention.

  1. Report the street on 311 –> click here for 311 contact info & form
  2. And …Send the information to the GCA at gcasubmissions@gmail.com.  Make sure to put the Street Name in the Subject line.

The Greenfield Community Association will compile a list and send it to DPW.  Two votes (yours and ours) will have more clout.

Looking forward to hearing from you!