Vote For Your Favorite City Steps

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With over 800 staircases, Pittsburgh has the most public steps of any city in America.  In Greenfield we have staircases and jump-walks (*sidewalks with built-in steps) that make connections between streets and traverse our steep hills.

But with limited resources, the City of Pittsburgh needs to prioritize maintenance.

Vote For Your Favorite Steps!  Suggest improvements

  • Do you use City steps or jumpwalks(*) to get from place to place?
  • Are the steps in need of repair or maintenance (weeds or snow)?
  • Are there steps you’d use but they’re closed or too dangerous?
  • Do you have ideas on how to improve the City’s steps?

Learn about the steps and the project here:  Go to http://pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/dcp-mobility.html and click on the City Steps tab as shown above.

Then visit the City Steps wikimap to vote for the steps you use, report problem areas and suggest improvements at:
http://wikimapping.com/wikimap/Pittsburgh-Citywide-Steps-Assessment.html

Questions or comments?  Contact:
Kristin Saunders
Principal Transportation Planner
Department of Mobility & Infrastructure
414 Grant Street
kristin.saunders@pittsburghpa.gov

 

p.s. Here are some steps you might think abouy:  Alexis steps to Greenfield Avenue, Magee Field steps from McCaslin Street down and up to Greenfield Avenue, Coleman Street jumpwalks (sidewalks with built-in steps), Murray Avenue steps to Browns Hill Road.

 


Greenfield Neighborhood Yard Sale, Sept 9

Greenfield Neighborhood Yard Sale Map on 9 Sept 2017

Greenfield Neighborhood Yard Sale Map on 9 Sept 2017

Did you know that more than 60 Greenfield households will have a Yard Sale on Saturday, September 9?

What:  Greenfield Neighborhood Yard Sale

On September 9, 2017, Greenfield is hosting its first annual neighborhood-wide yard sale! There will be houses all over Greenfield participating in this huge sale. We’ll have maps available showing the locations of participating houses on the day of the sale, and available on-line prior to the sale.

When:  Saturday September 9, 2017, 8am to 3pm

Where: See the list of addresses and maps at the Greenfield Neighborhood Yard Sale website.  On the day of the sale, stop by Yard Sale headquarters at the Palisade Playhouse,  3929 Coleman St, Pittsburgh, PA 15207.

Hosted by: Greenfield Neighborhood Yard Sale. For more information visit their website at gfnys.com or their Facebook event.

 


Bridge News: Parkway Lane Restrictions Thru Sept 5

Greenfield Bridge progress as of 4 August 2017

Greenfield Bridge progress as of 4 August 2017

Greenfield Bridge News:

Overnight Lane Restrictions on Parkway East

10pm to 6am, August 7 through September 5, 2017

As the Greenfield Bridge nears completion, work will focus periodically on areas overhanging I-376 (the Parkway East). This includes painting and the removal of any remnant bracing pieces and equipment.

To ensure motorists’ safety, PennDOT has approved lane restrictions for weeknights from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. starting August 7, through September 5, 2017.  There will be intermittent inbound and outbound single lane closures between Greenfield/Squirrel Hill and Oakland exits on I-376 East depending on weather and contractor schedule.

Motorists using I-376 East should expect delays and drive with caution when overnight lane restrictions are in place.

Additional information on the Greenfield Bridge Project can be found on the project website (http://greenfieldbridge.otmapgh.org).

Questions concerning the overnight restrictions should be directed to Aaron Pickering, Project Manager of Michael Baker International, at 412-269-6423, or via e-mail to Apickering@mbakerintl.com.


Magee Summer Basketball Coming Soon!

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Magee Recreation Center’s Summer Basketball programs are starting soon!

Get ready for Little Dribblers and the Back-to-School Basketball League, both beginning the week of August 14.

For more information or to register, please call 412-422-6546 or email Roland Hurlbert at roland.hurlbert@pittsburghpa.gov

Little Dribblers basketball program for age groups 4-5 and 6-8

  • What:  This program teaches kids the basics of basketball (dribbling, shooting and passing) and gives them some exposure to actual games.
  • Registration Deadline: August 1, 2017
  • Fee: $20 per child, cash only
  • Where: Magee Recreation Center Outdoor Courts (inside when the weather’s bad)
  • When:  Tuesdays and Thursdays, August 15 -31
  • Who:  Children ages 4-5 (5:30pm-6:30pm) and ages 6-8 (6:30pm-7:30pm)
  • Hosted by:  City Parks and Recreation

Back-to-School Basketball League, for ages 9-17

We need volunteer coaches!  To register or for more information call 412-422-6546 or email Roland Hurlbert at roland.hurlbert@pittsburghpa.gov

  • What:  A competitive league featuring play in three age groups: 9-11, 12-14, 15-17.
  • Fee: FREE! thanks to generous sponsorship from the Greenfield Community Association
  • Where: Magee Recreation Center Outdoor Courts (inside when the weather’s bad)
  • When:  Monday, Wednesday, and Friday starting August 14
  • Who:  Ages 9-11 games played 11am and 12pm (noon) on a rotating schedule
    • Ages 12-14 games played 1pm and 2pm on a rotating schedule
    • Ages 15-17 games played 3pm and 4pm on a rotating schedule.
    • Final Schedule will be distributed on the first game day.
  • Hosted by:  City Parks and Recreation

Come play ball!


Double Fun, August 1, in The Run

What: National Night Out + Bark in the Park

On National Night Out, August 1, GCA is hosting a pet supplies drive to benefit retired racing greyhounds rescued by Steel City Greyhounds.  Please visit steelcitygreyhounds.org for more information on greyhounds looking for forever homes.

Supplies Wishlist: dog treats, blankets, towels, and your time.

When:  Tuesday August 1, 5-9pm

Where: Four Mile Run Park, 201 Saline Street (Saline at Alexis Street), in The Run

Hosted by: GCA

 


City Steps Assessment Meeting, July 27, 6-8p

The Alexis steps from Greenfield Ave to The Run

The Alexis steps from Greenfield Ave to The Run

With over 800 staircases, Pittsburgh has the most public steps of any city in America. Greenfield itself has at least 25 staircases.

What: City Steps Assessment Kickoff Meeting
The first public meeting of the new City Steps Assessment. The project will use mapping analysis, public input, and field work to develop a way to more systematically repair and maintain the steps. The project will also create new design guidelines and lifecycle cost estimates for city steps.

When: Thurs July 27, 6-8pm
Where: William Pitt Ballroom, 3959 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Hosted by: Department of City Planning

More information here: http://pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/steps


Bus Rapid Transit Layout Workshop: Greenfield + Squirrel Hill

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Greenfield & Squirrel Hill, provide your input on the next phase of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) planning.

When: Tuesday June 27, 2017, 6:30p – 8:00p

Where:  JCC of Greater Pittsburgh, 5738 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15217

Please plan to attend this important meeting where the Port Authority will:

  • Update us on the status of the BRT plan,
  • Answer our questions about the planning process,
  • Collect our input on station placement and street design.

 

Next steps in the process are:

Summer 2017: Public input on layout of streets and stations; environmental impacts analysis and preliminary engineering.

September 2017: Application to Federal Transit Administration for funding.

For more information on the BRT project, visit the Port Authority website at www.portauthority.org.

Download the BRT Flyer here.


Spring Planting Finished at Irvine

GCA volunteers pitch in to mulch the Irvine garden, 13 May 2017

GCA volunteers pitch in to mulch the Irvine garden, 13 May 2017

 

On Saturday May 13 eight volunteers pitched in to plant marigolds, zinnias and salvia at the GCA community garden at the intersection of Irvine and Greenfield Avenues.

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy provided the flowers. The GCA Public Spaces Committee provided the tools … and donuts and coffee to energize us.

Supplies for the Irvine garden including marigolds, zinnias and salvia

Supplies for the Irvine garden project include marigolds, zinnias and salvia

 

Ta dah!  Job well done!

 

 

There’s one more garden to go!

Come help weed, plant, mulch & water on this coming Saturday May 20th: 9am to Noon. Ronald St (Garden by Rialtos)

For more information, comments or questions please email the GCA Public Space Committee at publicspace@gcapgh.org


Community Meeting on Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Buncher site at Squirrel Hill-Greenfield border, Forward at Beechwood ramp

Buncher site at Squirrel Hill-Greenfield border, Forward Ave at Beechwood ramp

There’s a building at the corner of Forward Avenue, Beechwood Blvd, and the Parkway East off-ramp that you probably don’t look at very often. It’s the former home of The Buncher Company, circled in red above.

The Buncher Company, partnering with Keystone Relief Centers, wants to turn this building into a medical marijuana dispensary.

Medical marijuana is a new use in Pennsylvania so the building must have a Special Use Exception zoning permit before it can proceed.

The Zoning Board listens to community feedback as part of making its decision.  Before the zoning hearing occurs, scheduled for May 25, Squirrel Hill and Greenfield will have an opportunity to learn about the project and give it a thumbs up or down.

The Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition (SHUC) and Greenfield Community Association (GCA) invite you to a public meeting to learn more about Keystone Relief Centers’ proposed medical marijuana dispensary at 3550 Forward Avenue/ Buncher Property.

WHAT: A Community Presentation and Discussion: Zoning Application for “Special Use Exception” for a Medical Marijuana Dispensary at 3885 Forward Ave.

WHEN: Wednesday / May 17, 2017 / 6:30pm – 8:00pm

WHERE:  At the Children’s Institute (1405 Shady Ave., Squirrel Hill), in the Multi-Purpose Room

Please join Councilman Corey O’Connor, representatives from Keystone Relief Centers, and members from SHUC and the GCA as we learn about and discuss what this Zoning Board of Adjustments (ZBA) special use exception would mean at this gateway corner into our two communities.

 

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

For more on Greenfield Community Association projects, please visit www.gcapgh.org, call 412-339-0422, or email info@gcapgh.org


Coming June 4, Register Now!

The Greenfield Glide is back on Sunday June 4, 2017 for its 35th year.

Greenfield Glide 5k Run/Walk
Sunday, June 4, 2017
Start:  8:30 a.m.
Schenley Park Overlook

Sign Up Today at www.GreenfieldGlide.com

Post-race RAFFLE and PICNIC for all registered runners and walkers.
Many Fantastic Raffle PRIZES, including a 40-inch HDTV!
Join us for hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers and drinks.

Volunteers needed!
Contact Mary Ann Hatala at glide@gcapgh.org