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.
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).
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.
Yesterday’s gardening effort at the Pumphouse was fantastic and all went smoothly as we worked in three major waves of volunteers.
Thank you to the Conservancy staff for keeping things moving & ensuring all the gardens in Pittsburgh are being planted! Also … and most importantly thank you so much to all of you who came out yesterday! It was laid out well for us to work together & I must say I enjoyed seeing this “outside synergy”!
From the early risers to our final phase clean up folks – you were all amazing – so everyone here please enjoy the image of our final product. As you’ll see it’s perfect and ready to bloom for the seasons.
The program is in need of delivery persons who are willing to drive or ride along one or more days of the week from 9:30 – 11/11:30 a.m. depending on the route length. Volunteers deliver in pairs.
The greatest need at the moment is for people who can go up and down stairs.
We are also in need of people willing to fill in as kitchen helpers when the need arises. Kitchen duty is from approximately 7:00-9:00 a.m.
Meals are cooked and delivered out of the Spartan Center (old St. Stephen’s School) at 134 E. Elizabeth St. in Hazelwood.
Meals on Wheels is a rewarding volunteer opportunity. Many of our consumers are frail or live alone so even the brief contact with a delivery person helps give them some social contact and make sure they are safe and well.
Please call the Meals on Wheels program at 412-499-4313 for more information. They’ll provide a brief orientation and handbook.
Volunteers must be willing to provide proof of car insurance if they drive and fill out clearance forms, which are free to submit, since we work with a vulnerable elderly population and our kitchen shares a building with a small school and youth programs.