In The Run


In The Run: Green Infrastructure Review

4 Mile Run Green Infrastructure Concept Review

WHEN: Wednesday September 20, 2017, 6-8p

WHERE: St. John Chrysostom Byzantine Catholic Church, 506 Saline Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15207

HOSTED BY: Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

WHAT: Join Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy for a multi-community meeting to review and refine feedback on designs for green infrastructure in Schenley Park. These designs are intended to decrease flooding in the Run, minimize combined sewer overflows, and improve the ecology of the Four Mile Run Watershed.

Our consultants, landscape architects Phronesis and team, have been hard at work refining the initial concept plan through on-the-ground technical surveys and cost analysis. Now, we need your input to move to the next stage!

Click on the image or the heading above for more details.


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

 


New Trees Planted In The Run

New trees planted in The Run with Tree Pittsburgh

New trees planted in The Run with Tree Pittsburgh, 5 Nov 2016

 

On Saturday, November 5th, several residents joined the volunteers from Tree Pittsburgh to reforest 150 trees in the slopes above the Run and the Parkway, just east of St. John Chrysostom Church.

The trees replace a blighted area that had succumbed to invasive vines.

On behalf of the GCA, thank you to all the volunteers, Tree Pittsburgh, and TreeVitalize for making this happen!


In The Run: Green Infrastructure Update

4 Mile Run Green Infrastructure Update

4 Mile Run Green Infrastructure Update

Join us at the church hall of St. John Chrysostom to review an initial concept for Green Infrastructure intended to decrease stormwater runoff in The Run neighborhood and improve ecology of the 4 Mile Run watershed.

In the coming months, consultants will work to refine this concept plan through on-the-ground technical surveys, cost analysis, and continuing community engagement.

This is the first of a series of meetings in The Run and surrounding communities focused on stormwater, the issue that residents have identified as their #1 priority.

After a short presentation we will have plans on display and representatives available to take your questions, comments and concerns, so please stop by and let us know what you think.

If you can’t make it to the meeting, please send any questions or concerns to Community Outreach Coordinator Gavin White at Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, gwhite@paconserve.org or call 412-682-7275.

WHAT:  4 Mile Run Watershed Green Infrastructure Concept Plans Update

WHERE:  St. John Chrysostom church hall
506 Saline Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15207

WHEN:  Tuesday, November 15, 2017
6:30pm-8:00pm

Meeting coordinated by Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and GCA.


Tree Planting In The Run, Sat Nov 5

Increase forest canopy and stop runoff into The Run this coming Saturday, November 5, by helping Tree Pittsburgh plant 150 seedlings on the hillside along the Parkway East above The Run.

What:  Plant seedlings on the slope.

When: Saturday, November 5, 9:00am – noon

Where: Park on Saline St. between St. John Byzantine Church and the Parkway East overpass.

How:  Tree Pittsburgh will provide all tools, equipment and safety gear and will show you how to do it.

More information: Click here for the Tree Pittsburgh event announcement or contact jake@treepittsburgh.org or call (412) 781-TREE (8733)

Tree Pittsburgh asks that you register if you plan to attend.


Flood in The Run, August 28

Flash flood caused by sewer overflow in The Run, 28 Aug 2016 (photo by Justin Macey)
Flash flood in The Run, 28 Aug 2016 (photo by Justin Macey)

On Sunday evening, 28 August 2016, a stationary thunderstorm dropped 1 to 3 inches of rain in the Pittsburgh area causing combined sewer overflow and flash floods in a number of neighborhoods.  The Run, in lower Greenfield, was particularly hard hit.

Ray Gerard sent photos by Justin Macey and wrote:

As you may have heard, this past Sunday’s rainstorm brought a great deal of flooding to The Run again. Many folks cars were underwater, two people (1 adult & 1 child) had to be rescued by firefighters, and for some long term residents living near St John Chrysostom Church, for the first time in their memory, inches of water came up through their basement floors/sewers. This has traditionally been one of a couple of small areas devoid of water damage when it floods, due to a bit of higher ground.

The flood of rain + sewage gushed up from the sewers.

Storm water and sewage bubble out of the sewer system, 28 Aug 2016 (photo by Justin Macey)
Storm water and sewage bubble out of the sewer system, 28 Aug 2016 (photo by Justin Macey)

A father and son were trapped in their car on Saline Street as the water rose.

Father and son stranded in their car during flash flood in The Run, 28 Aug 2016 (photo by Justin Macey)
Father and son stranded in their car during flash flood in The Run, 28 Aug 2016 (photo by Justin Macey)

Firefighters arrived to rescue them and were soon up to their axles as well.

Firetruck arrives to rescue stranded father and son during flash flood in The Run, 28 Aug 2016 (photo by Justin Macey)
Firetruck arrives to rescue stranded father and son during flash flood in The Run, 28 Aug 2016 (photo by Justin Macey)

The downpour stopped but it took a long time for the water to go down.

Flash flood in The Run, 28 Aug 2016 (photo by Justin Macey)
Flash flood in The Run, 28 Aug 2016 (photo by Justin Macey)

(photos by Justin Macey)


When It Rains Hard, The Run Floods

What happens in The Run (lower Greenfield) when it rains hard?

On June 16, 2016 Pittsburgh got more than half an inch of rain in 15 minutes — and nearly an inch in 24 hours.  This was too much for the combined sewer system that carries both storm water and sewage. The sewers made geysers in The Run.

Patrick Gula recorded the video above. Tommy D’Andrea took photos.

The Sewer Geyser begins underneath the Parkway bridge (photo by Tommy D'Andrea)

The Sewer Geyser begins, 16 June 2016, under the Parkway bridge (photo by Tommy D’Andrea)

The Sewer Geyser grows, 16 June 2016 (photo by Tommy D'Andrea)

The Sewer Geyser grows, 16 June 2016 (photo by Tommy D’Andrea)

Thar She Blows! Full force geyser of combined sewer (storm water + sewage) during heavy rain in The Run, 16 June 2016 (photo by Tommy D'Andrea)

Thar She Blows! Full force geyser of combined sewer (storm water + sewage) during heavy rain in The Run, 16 June 2016 (photo by Tommy D’Andrea)

Yow!  This has to be fixed.

 

(photos by Tommy D’Andrea, video by Patrick Gula)