Call for Nominations: 2017 Greenfield Community Awards

Call For Nominations:  Greenfield Community Awards


The Greenfield Community Association will host the 32nd Greenfield Community Awards this year on Saturday November 18, 2017.


Greenfield is home to many individuals who generously contribute their time, resources or passion to our community. Let us recognize the dedication and service of these individuals who support and promote our Greenfield Community.

Nominate outstanding Greenfield residents and businesses now through October 13.

Greenfield Service Award Categories include:

  • Business
  • Community Service
  • Youth Recognition
  • Special Recognition
  • Greenfield Hall of Fame
  • Person of the Year

Nominate someone who deserves recognition. Choose the category and include a brief description of nominee’s service to the Greenfield Community.

Deadline: October 13, 2017
Email: (attn: Mary Ann Hatala)
: Jim Gregg – 829 Kennebec Street – Pgh, PA. 15217

Auditions for The Fantastic Adventure: Greenfield Bridge

City of Play.

City of Play will premiere …

The Fantastic Adventure: Greenfield Bridge

on Saturday October 14, 2017 to celebrate the opening of the Greenfield Bridge.

Part scavenger hunt, part immersive theater, Fantastic Adventures are neighborhood-wide, pervasive games based on traditional mythology and oral histories. Players are invited to explore Schenley Park and Greenfield in small teams, interacting with unforgettable characters in hidden locations. Choose whom to trust, whom to avoid, and how a neighborhood should tell its story.

Fantastic Adventure public information session & workshop:

When: Wednesday, September 13th, 7:00pm-8:30pm

Where: Palisade Playhouse (3929 Coleman St.)

Seeking: Greenfield craftspeople & storytellers interested in playing a role in the facilitation of a large game for the celebration of the opening of the Greenfield Bridge on Saturday, October 14th.


  • No professional theatrical experience is required. Just a willingness to try.
  • All applicants must be age 14 or older
  • When you arrive, be prepared to tell:
    • One 2-5 minute story about your personal history with Greenfield
    • One 2-5 minute story that is imaginary or mythical

Rehearsal Schedule:

  • All participants will be required to attend 2 full company rehearsals prior to the event. The scheduling of these rehearsals will be based on company availability.
  • Independent research and production work will be expected, and individual rehearsals will be scheduled as needed.
  • On October 14th, the full company will be on-duty from 8am-8pm with breaks for food and recreation.

Compensation: $100 stipend, paid on the day of the event.

Questions? Contact City of Play’s Director: Greg Manley – – 510 225 5221

The Fantastic Adventure is being produced through the support of the Greenfield Community Association.

Turner History Walk & Dedication Ceremony, Sept 30

Historic Turner Cemetery, Beechwood Boulevard (photo by Kate St.John)

Historic Turner Cemetery, Beechwood Boulevard (photo by Kate St.John)

Turner Cemetery is Pittsburgh’s second oldest cemetery. Dating back to 1785, it holds the remains of early settlers of Squirrel Hill and Greenfield plus veterans of the first four wars fought by the United States.

Every year the Mary S. Brown Memorial Ames United Methodist Church and Friends of Turner Cemetery hold a history walk at the graveyard at 3424 Beechwood Boulevard.  This year the celebration will include the dedication of the new Simon Girty Pennsylvania State Historical Marker.

Ninth Annual Turner Cemetery History Walk & Dedication

Where:  Turner Cemetery, 3424 Beechwood Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15217.  Adjacent to the Mary S. Brown Memorial Ames United Methodist Church.

When:  Saturday September 30, 2017.  Cemetery opens: 10:30am. Church opens: 11am.  

Schedule of Events:
11:30: Dedication Ceremony for the Simon Girty Pennsylvania State Historical Marker, with presentations by Phillip Hoffman, author of Simon Girty, Turncoat Hero, and Dr. Charles McCollester, author of The Point of Pittsburgh
• Performance by Tamsula, Withers & Kristy,a traditional string band
• Encampment of 8th Pennsylvania Regiment military re-enactors
• Self-guided cemetery tours
• Book signing by Mr. Hoffman and Dr. McCollester
• Historical displays
• Hot soups and cool desserts sale

Free Admission.  Parking is available along Beechwood Boulevard.

Donate for the historical marker: IOBY fundraiser for Simon Girty Historical Marker

Hosted by:  Mary S. Brown Memorial Ames United Methodist Church and Friends of Turner Cemetery


For more information, download the flyer here.
Or visit or

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 or their Facebook event.


Magee Summer Basketball Coming Soon!


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

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

  • 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 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:

Bus Rapid Transit Layout Workshop: Greenfield + Squirrel Hill


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

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

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, call 412-422-7666 or email

For more on Greenfield Community Association projects, please visit, call 412-339-0422, or email