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

 


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: http://pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/steps


Bus Rapid Transit Layout Workshop: Greenfield + Squirrel Hill

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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 www.portauthority.org.

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 publicspace@gcapgh.org


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 www.shuc.org, call 412-422-7666 or email info@shuc.org.

For more on Greenfield Community Association projects, please visit www.gcapgh.org, call 412-339-0422, or email info@gcapgh.org


Coming June 4, Register Now!

The Greenfield Glide is back on Sunday June 4, 2017 for its 35th year.

Greenfield Glide 5k Run/Walk
Sunday, June 4, 2017
Start:  8:30 a.m.
Schenley Park Overlook

Sign Up Today at www.GreenfieldGlide.com

Post-race RAFFLE and PICNIC for all registered runners and walkers.
Many Fantastic Raffle PRIZES, including a 40-inch HDTV!
Join us for hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers and drinks.

Volunteers needed!
Contact Mary Ann Hatala at glide@gcapgh.org


Spring Cleanups and Plantings

Volunteers Needed

“Projects to bring Greenfielders together”

Sponsored by the GCA Public Space Stewardship Committee. Click here for the flyer.

Thanks for picking up trash at Magee Park! (April 16, 2016,photo by Patrick Hassett)
1) Cleanup at Magee Park

When: Saturday April 22nd: 9am to Noon

– preparing & painting handrails
– trimming overgrowth @ park entrances
– picking up garbage
– having fun!

2) 2x Spring Plantings: May 13th & May 20th

Weed, plant, mulch & water: All supplies and water are provided.

Meet at Gardens listed below

May 13th: 9am to Noon. Irvine Street (Pump House) Hazelwood/Greenfield Ave.

May 20th: 9am to Noon. Ronald St (Garden by Rialtos)

For further information, comments or questions please email us publicspace@gcapgh.org

Looking forward to seeing you at these Spring events!  — The GCA Public Space Committee


The Greenfield Bridge Keeps Its Name

THE GREENFIELD BRIDGE KEEPS ITS NAME:

On April 3, 2017 the City’s Naming Commission held a second hearing on the proposal to rename the Greenfield Bridge for the artist John Kane.  About 50 people attended.

Prior to the meeting the Commission received many emails and letters against renaming the bridge including “No” votes from the Greenfield Community Association, the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition and the Squirrel Hill Historical Society.

After hearing testimony on both sides, the Commission voted unanimously against the proposal.

Read more about it here in the Post-Gazette and here at TribLive.

 

NOTE: The bridge’s real name is the “Beechwood Boulevard Bridge,” nicknamed the Greenfield Bridge.  The “Beechwood Boulevard” name was carved in stone (below) on the original bridge. These stones will be installed on the new bridge before it opens.


Rename The Greenfield Bridge? to the John Kane Bridge?

Late Breaking News:

A group of artists and promoters wants to honor artist John Kane who painted many scenes of Pittsburgh in the early 1900’s and had his work displayed at the 1927 Carnegie International.  To honor him they want to rename the Greenfield Bridge the John Kane Bridge.  Their website “Raising The Kane Bridge” explains why.

The official proposal to rename the Greenfield Bridge will come before Pittsburgh’s Naming Commission this coming Monday April 3 at 2pm in the First Floor Hearing Room at 200 Ross Street, Pittsburgh PA 15219.

Naming proposals are typically voted on immediately, so the name of the Greenfield Bridge could change — or not — this coming Monday.

Do you want the name of the Greenfield Bridge to remain as it is?  (*see note 1 below)

Or would you like to rename it the John Kane Bridge? (*see note 2 below)

Either way, voice your opinion at the Naming Commission meeting this coming Monday or call/email the Commission as shown below.

WHAT:  Naming Commission meeting: Proposal to rename the Greenfield Bridge

WHEN: Monday April 3 at 2pm

WHERE: First Floor Hearing Room, 200 Ross Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.

EMAIL/CALL: Send your comments to Lisa Ray, Senior Secretary, lisa.ray@pittsburghpa.gov   (412) 255-2219

 

(*1)  The real name is the Beechwood Boulevard Bridge; it’s nicknamed the Greenfield Bridge.  The real name was carved in stone on the original bridge. The stones will be restored to the new bridge before it opens.

(*2) The John Kane Hospitals, Regional Centers and nursing homes were named for Allegheny County Commissioner John J. Kane. He was not the same person as the artist.


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

Where: NOTE! THE LOCATION CHANGED AS OF MARCH 21!
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.