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.


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: awards@gcapgh.org (attn: Mary Ann Hatala)
or
Mail
: 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.

Requirements:

  • 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 – greg@cityofplay.org – 510 225 5221

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


58 Bus Route Change Starts Sept 3!

Beginning Sunday September 3 the 58 Greenfield bus route will change!

In anticipation of the new Greenfield Bridge, the 58 bus route was changed to its original path from Greenfield into Oakland via Schenley Park effective 3 September 2017 … except … Uh oh! The Greenfield Bridge didn’t open September 2 as all of us had hoped many months ago.

So, beginning on Sunday September 3, the 58 bus will follow the detour mapped above until the bridge opens in October.

RIDER ALERT!  Bus stops will change!

The detour is different than the route used for the past two years because it has to be shorter to stay on schedule.

Most of the stops on Beechwood Boulevard, Murray Avenue and Beacon Street will be eliminated.

Check the map above for the revised stops:  blue dots are normal route stops, purple dots are the two in-detour stops.

Click on the detour map above to download a copy for yourself.

Click here for the Port Authority Press Release about this change.  Click here for the 58 bus schedule, effective 3 September 2017, on the Port Authority website.

For Users of True Time & PAT Track, the smartphone apps that show you where the bus is:

The bus will disappear from the True Time map when it is on the detour — dotted purple lines above.  It will reappear between Oakland (CMU) and Schenley Park, and between Ronald St/Alger St and Downtown.  If you are using True Time to catch the bus to Downtown, note when it leaves Oakland.  From where it disappears on Panther Hollow Road, figure about five minutes to Alger Street where it will reappear.  Similarly in the reverse direction. By doing this, you can still predict the arrival times.

The 58 will return to the bridge when it opens.

Routes 52L, 53L and 93 will not change even after the bridge opens.

 


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 www.turnercemetery.org or www.brightredfence.org


Vote For Your Favorite City Steps

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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 http://pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/dcp-mobility.html 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:
http://wikimapping.com/wikimap/Pittsburgh-Citywide-Steps-Assessment.html

Questions or comments?  Contact:
Kristin Saunders
Principal Transportation Planner
Department of Mobility & Infrastructure
414 Grant Street
kristin.saunders@pittsburghpa.gov

 

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.

 


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 gfnys.com or their Facebook event.

 


Bridge News: Parkway Lane Restrictions Thru Sept 5

Greenfield Bridge progress as of 4 August 2017

Greenfield Bridge progress as of 4 August 2017

Greenfield Bridge News:

Overnight Lane Restrictions on Parkway East

10pm to 6am, August 7 through September 5, 2017

As the Greenfield Bridge nears completion, work will focus periodically on areas overhanging I-376 (the Parkway East). This includes painting and the removal of any remnant bracing pieces and equipment.

To ensure motorists’ safety, PennDOT has approved lane restrictions for weeknights from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. starting August 7, through September 5, 2017.  There will be intermittent inbound and outbound single lane closures between Greenfield/Squirrel Hill and Oakland exits on I-376 East depending on weather and contractor schedule.

Motorists using I-376 East should expect delays and drive with caution when overnight lane restrictions are in place.

Additional information on the Greenfield Bridge Project can be found on the project website (http://greenfieldbridge.otmapgh.org).

Questions concerning the overnight restrictions should be directed to Aaron Pickering, Project Manager of Michael Baker International, at 412-269-6423, or via e-mail to Apickering@mbakerintl.com.


Magee Summer Basketball Coming Soon!

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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 roland.hurlbert@pittsburghpa.gov

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 roland.hurlbert@pittsburghpa.gov

  • 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!