Press Release: Greenfield Community Association Organizes First Neighborhood-Wide National Night Out
PITTSBURGH, PA — Along with communities all over the country, Greenfield residents will celebrate National Night Out on August 6, 2013. Greenfield’s event will take place between 6:00 and 9:00 p.m. at Bud Hammer Playground on Bigelow Street. It will offer food and desserts, games for all ages organized by Obscure Games, and a visit from a City of Pittsburgh fire truck and Zone 4 Community Relations Officer.
The Greenfield Community Association, led by its Public Safety committee, chose to take part in the 30-year-old National Night Out initiative because its goals – to strengthen relationships between neighbors, residents, and police and to spread crime prevention awareness – fit with the committee’s agenda of stopping neighborhood crime before it starts.
“Greenfield has always been a tight-knit community, and that remains true to this day,” said Patrick Hassett, Board President of the Greenfield Community Association. “Continuing to build relationships between neighbors benefits everyone, and we’re looking forward to a great event for National Night Out.”
Bud Hammer was selected as the event’s location to highlight the playground because it is tucked away on the border of Greenfield and Hazelwood and is bordered on one side by the Hazelwood Greenway. Parents who frequent the playground have been wanting to focus on the complimentary goals of increasing the number of visitors there, boosting maintenance, and reducing graffiti and vandalism.
Greenfield Community Association’s activities, as a whole, aim to keep the crime rate low and quality of life high by encouraging a sociable, active, clean, green and economically stable neighborhood. For example, this year the Association has coordinated a litter cleanup and two planting beds and was recently awarded one of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl’s office’s Love Your Block grants to do painting and planting at Magee Field, the location of the neighborhood’s largest playground and swimming pool. In an environment of increased market interest in Greenfield and with proximity to Hazelwood’s ALMONO office, tech and residential development, the Association is also working to be a proactive forum for communication between residents and developers working within the neighborhood.
About the Greenfield Community Association:The Greenfield Community Association is committed to preserving and improving the physical, social and economic health of Greenfield by facilitating volunteerism, nurturing community identity and development, as well as enhancing the quality of life for the residents through community-based problem solving, supporting neighborhood-oriented services and fostering public/private cooperation. For more information, visit http://gcapgh.org.