Ronald Street Garden: Thank You, Volunteers!

Volunteers clear the Ronald Street garden, 24 Oct 2020 (photo by David Cashmere)

26 October 2020

From David Cashmere, GCA Board member and Public Spaces Committee, 26 October 2020:

The GCA-Public Spaces Committee wants to thank and recognize all the volunteers who helped this year. It was fantastic to work with familiar and new volunteers! Considering the Covid circumstances we were always pleasantly surprised by community involvement.

The timing was excellent this month to pull these gardens and prepare the local green spaces for Spring. We can’t wait for the Spring Blooms of 2021.

Good Job Greenfield!

— David Cashmere, GCA
Ronald Street Garden, ready for winter, 24 Oct 2020 (photo by David Cashmere)

Mon-Oakland Connector Zoom Meeting, Oct 21, 6-8p

screenshot from Feb 2018 Mon-Oakland Connector presentation

On Wed. October 21, 2020 from 6pm to 8pm there will be a virtual public meeting about the Mon-Oakland Mobility Project.

As many of you know, this is a massive tax-payer-funded project ($20+ million) affecting Greenfield and the surrounding neighborhoods so we encourage all to join, if only to hear what the City and residents have to say.

If anyone has comments or questions please voice them during the public comment period.

Register here for the link to join this virtual meeting.


Irvine Garden: Great Year!

From David Cashmere, GCA Board member and Public Spaces Committee, 18 October 2020:

Thank you, everyone, for your gardening efforts again this year. From the 1st planting to yesterday’s pullout the Irvine garden always looked great.

This is a pivotal intersection for travel to and from Pittsburgh and surrounding neighborhoods. I do believe having this space colorful, neat and orderly does lift spirits as folks pass by. Even if they do not realize it I think it generates peace and calm to anyone looking at it!

The team yesterday was fantastic and we wrapped up by 11:30. In addition to the pullout we also planned for next year with tree pruning (thank you Ed!) and planting new bulbs (great job Jose & Jose).

— David Cashmere, GCA

Greenfield Bridge Reopened Early

Greenfield Bridge and fall colors, 13 Oct 2020 (photo by Kate St. John)

When the Greenfield Bridge closed for maintenance on September 21 we expected the closure to last 30 days. Fortunately work was completed ahead of schedule and the bridge reopened on the weekend of October 10-11.

Tuesday’s beautiful weather and fall colors made for a pleasant walk on October 13.


Virtual Halloween Costume Contest, Sponsored by Kanai’s, Oct 17-30

It’s hard to celebrate Halloween during COVID-19 but Edward P. Kanai Funeral Home of Greenfield came up with a great idea. They are hosting a Virtual Halloween Costume Contest, October 17-30.

Winners will be determined by “Likes” on the submitted photos. Here’s how to enter as described on Kanai’s Facebook page:

Trick-or-Treating may not be an option during this difficult time of social-distancing, but that doesn’t mean our Halloween spirit has to be put on hold. Edward P. Kanai Funeral Home invites you to join us in a Virtual Costume Contest. Have a little Halloween fun while staying safely at home. This is a FREE event. Submit your entry by sharing your photo to the event page (under the Discussion tab) and let us know which category you would like to enter. Submissions will be accepted between October 17th and October 30th. Winners will be determined by the numbers of likes on the photo – so make sure to tell your friends about it! The winners will be officially announced on Halloween on the Edward P. Kanai Funeral Home Facebook page.

Costume Categories:

* Best Ages 1-5

* Best Ages 6-11

* Best Ages 12-17

* Most Creative

* Best Group

* Best Couple

* Funniest

* Scariest

The Fine Print: Prizes will be available for contact-free pick-up through the first week of November. Winners must be residents of the Greater Pittsburgh Area, but anyone is welcome to submit a photo for the fun of it!

Prizes and sponsors for each category will be announced throughout September.

Find out more at Kanai’s Facebook Event: https://fb.me/e/cwPN86GZb


Thank You To Our Garden Volunteers

Ronald Street Garden, early October 2020

The Greenfield public gardens look their best for October.

GCA Public Spaces Committee would like to thank our core team members and all the new volunteers for their wonderful efforts this year.

Your time and dedication is so appreciated!


Great Day at the Garbage Olympics on Sept 26

29 September 2020

Last Saturday 25 people masked up and turned out in Greenfield for the City’s annual Garbage Olympics. Traveling around the neighborhood they collected 35 bags of garbage.

Sam Algeo found an unusually heavy piece of trash — a broken toilet — and dragged it out of the gully. Good work, Sam!

Fortunately the volunteers were well supplied with sanitary hand wipes.

In the end everyone enjoyed pizza thanks to City Councilman Corey O’Connor who funded the feast from Rialto Pizza.

Thanks to all who helped make the day a success.

Great job, Greenfield!

(photos by David Cashmere)


Greenfield Bridge To Close for Maintenance … About 30 Days

Greenfield Bridge lane restriction to install the pedestrian railings, late March 2018
Greenfield Bridge with lane restriction in March 2018

In a flash from the past, the Greenfield Bridge will completely close for maintenance related to its original construction. The closure will begin on Monday, 21 September 2020 at 7:00am and last approximately 30 days.

Here’s the press release from the City of Pittsburgh’s Dept of Mobility and Infrastructure. (Emphasis added.)

PITTSBURGH, PA (September 15, 2020) The City of Pittsburgh’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure (DOMI) will implement a full closure of the Greenfield Bridge between Schenley Park and the Greenfield neighborhood starting at 7:00 a.m., Monday, September 21, 2020.  


Mosites Construction Company, the contractor who built the bridge, will be addressing several outstanding issues that will ensure the longevity of the structure. The concrete deck surface will be milled and overlaid with a 1-1/4” thick concrete wearing surface meant to ensure water does not permeate into the deck. Also, the protective coating on the east bridge barrier will be replaced to address flaking and peeling that has been observed.  


This work will take approximately 30 days during which time the bridge will be closed to all vehicle and pedestrian traffic.  Traffic will be detoured via Beechwood Boulevard, Forward Avenue, Murray Avenue and Beacon Street. There should be no impact to travel on I-376 below.


For more information on this project, please contact DOMI’s Eric Setzler at eric.setzler@pittsburghpa.gov

— press release from City of Pittsburgh DOMI, 15 September 2020

They are replacing the deck because, according to the Post-Gazette there is material defect and some voids in the surface that will allow water to get into the concrete and crack the deck. These defects were noted during final inspection before the bridge opened in 2017. This did not delay the opening and is being addressed by Mosites now at no charge.


Garbage Olympics and upcoming events

Even in the time of COVID-19 Greenfield works at sprucing up — with masks and social distancing, of course.

The GCA Public Spaces Committee has three events coming up this fall. Don’t miss them!

SATURDAY, 26 SEPTEMBER 2020 is the Garbage Olympics.  Meet at Magee Field at 8:30.  We will pick up litter from 9 to 11. Our team name in this event is “Greenfield Garbage Brigade.”

SATURDAY, 17 OCTOBER 2020: We’ll prepare the Irvine Street garden for fall by removing the flowers and plastic.

SATURDAY, 24 OCTOBER 2020: Prepare the Ronald Street garden for fall. Removal of flowers.


Thank You, Kimicata Brothers Landscaping

Greenfield Portal, Landscape maintenance by Kimicata Brothers Landscaping

Ten years ago the Greenfield community embarked on a redesign of the Beechwood Boulevard/Ronald/Algers Street neighborhood portal. This wide intersection was first designed for a sign and landscaping in the 1980’s as part of a neighborhood wide public relations effort to raise the image and profile of Greenfield and market the neighborhood to passing commuters.  The sign was fabricated by neighborhood woodworkers.  The landscaping was installed and maintained by Kimicata Brothers Landscaping, a Greenfield/Hazelwood based landscaping firm serving the community since 1929.

The new 2012 design addressed the deteriorated condition of the existing portal.  The design included a new welcoming sign embedded in a lush landscaping of annuals, grasses and perennials.  The key to the success of any landscape installation is maintenance — spring and fall planting preparations, and summer weeding and watering.  Greenfield was fortunate to have Paul Kimicata recommit his expertise and resources to the pro bono maintenance of the new landscaping.  

The Greenfield neighborhood appreciates this commitment and thanks Paul and Kimicata Brothers Landscaping for their continued dedication to the Greenfield neighborhood. The planting bed looks as good today as it did the first day thanks to the work of Paul’s employees.

Thank you to …

Kimicata Brothers Landscaping, Design-Build-Maintenance & Irrigation Experts