Neighborhood Developments

Four Mile Run Mobility Meeting, Feb 20

WHAT:  Public Meeting on Four Mile Run Watershed Mobility Plan  (NOTE: Preferred Alternative will be presented)

WHEN: February 20th, 2018, 5-8 PM

WHERE: Pittsburgh Firefighters Local 1, 120 Flowers Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15207
(This is 1 block off of Second Avenue in Hazelwood)

PRESENTED BY:  City of Pittsburgh Department of Mobility, PWSA, URA, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

REGISTER at this link

DESCRIPTION from Department of Mobility and Infrastructure (DOMI)

Thanks to everyone who attended the public meeting on January 18th, 2018. Please join us for the next public meeting to continue the conversation about a potential connection between Hazelwood, Greenfield, Four Mile Run, and Oakland:

February 20th, 2018
5-8 PM
Pittsburgh Firefighters Local 1, 120 Flowers Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15207

At the last public meeting, we presented five alternative routes for this connection, and what the modes of transit might be. Since then, we have been reviewing your feedback on the alternatives, the priorities that were expressed by each of the neighborhood groups, siting constraints, and the technical aspects of developing an effective connection. We have developed a preferred alternative for consideration that attempts to address the concerns we heard, along with the operational constraints of providing an efficient connection.

Please join us on Tuesday, Feb. 20th to hear about the preferred alternative and continue the discussion about the potential modes of transit along the route. The evening will include an open house for the first hour, a presentation regarding specific elements of the potential route, and an opportunity to provide feedback in small groups.

Register for the meeting on February 20th at 5 PM at Pittsburgh Firefighters Local here.

After the meeting, the presentation will be posted to, where you will be able to view it and comment on it (the presentation from the January 18th meeting is also posted on the website).

We welcome your comments there, or you can always email them to us at

Magee Recreation Center: Winter Programming 2018

It’s cold outside but it’s warm at Magee Recreation Center.  CitiParks winter programming has something for everyone.


Tiny Tots Club
Monday – 10:30 – 11:30am
Thursday – 1:00 – 2:00pm – $10
Give your little ones something fun to do during the day. Sessions will include an upstairs story/craft and then structured play time in the gym.
Runs 1/18 – 3/1. Ages 2 – 5.

Adult Pick-Up Basketball
Monday – 6:30 – 8:30pm – $3/week
Weekly games of pick-up basketball for adults.
18 and older. Starting 1/8.

Winter Basketball Clinic
Tuesday – 6:00 – 9:00pm – $20
Magee’s 3rd Annual Winter Basketball Clinic will focus on teaching the basics of basketball through instructional sessions which will transition to a competitive league. Volunteer coaches needed
Runs 1/16 – 2/27 . Ages 9 – 11 and 12 -14.

Video Game Club
Monday – 6:30 – 8:30pm – Free
Join us for some low-competition recreational fun, while playing video games with your friends and our staff! Activities include Smash Bros Tournaments and NHL games.
Runs 1/22 through 2/26. Ages 7 – 11.

Strong Women, Strong Girls
Thursday – 6:00 – 7:30pm – Free
Empowering our communities’ future women through games, mentoring, and fun projects about women role models. Led by University of Pittsburgh volunteers.
Ongoing. Grades 3 – 5.

Magee’s Junior Chefs
Wednesday – 6:30 – 8:30pm – $20
Participants will learn cooking basics through the creation of tasty recipes. Participants will receive a laminated recipe card to take home each week. Supplies are included in price of class.
Runs 1/17 – 2/21. Grades 2 – 5.

Adult Pick-Up Futsal
Friday – 6:30 – 8:30pm – $3/Week
Weekly games of pick-up futsal for adults. 18 and older.
Ongoing starting 1/5.

After School Program
Daily 3:00 – 6:00pm – Free
Our daily after-school program. Food, Homework Time, and Recreational and Educational Activities provided.
Greenfield School students 3rd through 5th grade.

Youth & Adult Karate
Tuesday and Thursday
$40/month and $35 uniform fee
Ages 6 – 15: 6:30 – 7:30pm
Ages 18 +: 7:30 – 8:30pm
Learn the basics of the discipline of Karate. Taught by Master Patricio Saavedra.


Download the flyer here.

Survey Results From The Run, November 2017


In the Summer & Fall of 2017 the Greenfield Community Association
worked with residents of Four Mile Run to conduct a comprehensive,
154-question community survey. The Run Community Census gathered information on topics of importance to participants,
members of their household, and the neighborhood.

The Census is done and the results were presented to the community a few weeks ago. Here are three documents from the survey:

Meetings on Mobility/Transportation in The Run

Announcement from the City of Pittsburgh Department of Mobility and Infrastructure + URA:

Four Mile Run – Discussion of Multimodal Connection

Over the next six months, the City of Pittsburgh and Urban Redevelopment Authority will examine mobility needs and opportunities in conjunction with improvements in Four Mile Run. Join the Department of Mobility and Infrastructure for public meetings to help provide community feedback!


Tuesday, November 14th, 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Wednesday, November 15th, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.


JCC Pittsburgh -5738 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15217

See the Four Mile Run Preliminary Design

Weigh in on an exciting preliminary design for the Schenley Park 4 Mile Run Projects

WHAT: Four Mile Run Watershed Design Review Meeting

WHEN: Thursday October 26, 2017, 6-8p

WHERE: Oakland Career Center, 294 Semple Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

HOSTED BY: Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

DESCRIPTION:  The Four Mile Run Watershed, which includes the neighborhoods of Greenfield, Squirrel Hill, Oakland, and Hazelwood, offers a great opportunity for stormwater management, a major issue in Pittsburgh. After gathering input on Four Mile Run project concepts from hundreds of community members, we’re excited to share a preliminary design!

Join Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy at a public meeting this week to see the preliminary design, and to give your feedback. Your input allows us to move into more detailed design and toward a buildable project.


Vote For Your Favorite City Steps


With over 800 staircases, Pittsburgh has the most public steps of any city in America.  In Greenfield we have staircases and jump-walks (*sidewalks with built-in steps) that make connections between streets and traverse our steep hills.

But with limited resources, the City of Pittsburgh needs to prioritize maintenance.

Vote For Your Favorite Steps!  Suggest improvements

  • Do you use City steps or jumpwalks(*) to get from place to place?
  • Are the steps in need of repair or maintenance (weeds or snow)?
  • Are there steps you’d use but they’re closed or too dangerous?
  • Do you have ideas on how to improve the City’s steps?

Learn about the steps and the project here:  Go to and click on the City Steps tab as shown above.

Then visit the City Steps wikimap to vote for the steps you use, report problem areas and suggest improvements at:

Questions or comments?  Contact:
Kristin Saunders
Principal Transportation Planner
Department of Mobility & Infrastructure
414 Grant Street


p.s. Here are some steps you might think abouy:  Alexis steps to Greenfield Avenue, Magee Field steps from McCaslin Street down and up to Greenfield Avenue, Coleman Street jumpwalks (sidewalks with built-in steps), Murray Avenue steps to Browns Hill Road.


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.

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

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Community Meeting, April 3

Pittsburgh is considering Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) to create a fast, frequent, bus service linking Downtown, Uptown, Oakland and the East End neighborhoods.

Please join Allegheny County, City of Pittsburgh, and Port Authority of Allegheny County for a community presentation about ongoing planning for bus rapid transit (BRT) connecting Downtown, Uptown, Oakland, and other East End Neighborhoods.

When:  Monday, April 3, 2017 at 7:00 pm

In the Multi-Purpose room
Children’s Institute
1405 Shady Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
See Google map here


The purpose of this community meeting is to:
– update you on the status of BRT planning;
– answer your questions about the planning process; and
– collect your input on infrastructure and service options.

To provide further input beyond this meeting, visit the online survey or attend the public open house:

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 | 12:00-2:00 pm and 4:00-7:00 pm
Connolly Ballroom Alumni Hall | University of Pittsburgh | 4227 Fifth Avenue | Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Click here for the flyer.

Support The Green First Plan

Improved stormwater management is critical to the well being of The Run.  Not only do we need repairs to existing “gray” infrastructure (sewer pipes) but we need new “green” stormwater management to prevent tens of thousands of gallons of clean water in Schenley Park from entering the sewer system and swamping The Run.

The Greenfield Community Association is passing along this action alert from the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy.

Show your support for the Green First Plan!

The new City-Wide Green First Plan aims to manage stormwater issues in Pittsburgh.

An initiative of the City of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA), the Green First Plan outlines innovative, cost-effective, and green infrastructure approaches to manage stormwater. Click here to voice your support for this plan.

Choosing green solutions like rain gardens, meadows, and tree plantings over grey solutions like sewer expansions benefits our parks and neighborhoods. Green infrastructure provides stormwater management as well as aesthetically pleasing community greenspaces and healthy wildlife habitat. A green city draws top talent, spurs economic development, and brings health benefits to all.

Your voice can help determine Pittsburgh’s green future: Submit your comments on the Green First Plan today.


Please pass this message along to others!

Thank you for supporting a plan that will improve Pittsburgh’s parks and communities.

Heather Sage
Director of Community Projects
Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy