Today, representatives from the Allegheny Commons Initiative, Councilwoman Darlene Harris, DPW Director Mike Gable, DPW Superintendent Tom Paulin and myself met in the park to discuss concerns related to maintenance in the park. It was a very productive meeting with action items for all parties.
Trucks Driving on Lawns
The crew has been told not to drive the trucks off of the paths in the park. If you see this happening, please take a picture of the truck and/or write down the PW# of the truck. Then submit a 311 request with the truck PW # included. This way DPW can track the truck/driver and address the issue directly with that DPW personnel.
Grass Cutting and Trees
PPC will be coordinating volunteer events to remove the weeds around trees so that we can mulch the trees. This will allow a protective space around the trees from the lawn mowers when the grass is being cut. DPW will be providing mulch. I will be recruiting volunteers for this. Please reach out to me if you are interested.
There are many smaller scale picnics/gatherings that take place in the park that create overflowing amounts of trash. DPW will be working more closely with the Park Rangers to help enforce the permitting requirements for the park (permits must be obtained for groups of 25 or more) and litter pick up following these gatherings and sport practices. Please continue to 311 when you see overflowing receptacles.
I am coordinating a volunteer event in the park scheduled for next Thursday May 11thwith a group of 30 to clean out the debris in the lake. The park foreman drained the lake for us this past weekend to allow for some time for the debris to dry up so it is easier to remove from the bottom of the lake. Following our event, DPW will power was the lake interior and refill for the season. Please contact me directly if you are interested in joining us that day. I will be in the park all day doing a variety of projects.
DPW is looking at removing the playground equipment near King school because it is deteriorating and could be a safety hazard for children. DPW is working with Councilwoman Harris/ACI/PPC and the school to relocate the playground elsewhere. The playground in West Park near the Iron Deer statue will have repairs done to it this year as well as be cleaned through a volunteer event in cooperation with DPW.
Please continue to submit 311 requests as you see the lights are out in the park. DPW is aware of the issue and working with the budget office, Councilwoman Harris/Councilman Lavelle to identify funding sources to fix the lighting issues in the park.
DPW will be aerating and re-seeding the dog park at some point this spring. We will spread the word via the Allegheny Commons and Allegheny Commons Dog Park Facebook pages.
Forestry pruned the trees near the Maine Memorial. DPW is working to install a light near the flag pole and will then put flags up on the poles.
In an effort to support the work of the DPW, I will be organizing volunteer events to supplement their work in the park. Allegheny Commons is considered the front or back yard to many Northsiders. Please consider volunteering with the Parks Conservancy to help support the resources of DPW. Stay tuned for upcoming opportunities.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you all for your time and support of the park!
Community Outreach Coordinator
Join us this weekend for the annual Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Earth Day 2017 at Frick Environmental Center, a free two-day community celebration. Don’t miss naturalist-led hikes, tree climbing demonstrations, a solar-powered concert, local food vendors, chickens, goats and bees – and much more.
See the Full Two Day Schedule
Please join the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and our partners in the Pittsburgh Playful Collaborative for the Ultimate Play Day taking place this year in Allegheny Commons on Sunday, April 30th from 1:00-4:00 pm.
Join us during Ultimate Play Day to celebrate play for people of all ages. This free event is an opportunity for people from throughout the Pittsburgh region to play together and raise awareness of the benefits of play for everyone- from birth to 199 years. The event will take place in East Commons between E Ohio Street and Cedar Avenue.
Community Outreach Coordinator
Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
Action Alert: Support Pittsburgh’s Oldest Park, Contender for Important State Funding
Dedicated in 1930, Allegheny Commons Park is Pittsburgh’s oldest park. Steeped in history, this beloved Northside park is frequented by local residents as well as visitors to the National Aviary and Children’s Museum.
Right now, you can help Pittsburgh’s oldest park by speaking up for important state funding. Click the button below to find out how.
We’ve requested support for the historically significant Allegheny Commons Park through a competitive state grant. Your could help make the difference in bringing these important funds to Pittsburgh, since community support makes a big impact in this grant process.
Have two minutes? Take action to show your support.
Lend Your Support Now
Please pass this message along to others, and thank you for being a friend of the parks.
Director of Community Projects
From our friends at the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy: An opportunity to support the Allegheny Commons Park when you are shopping on Amazon.com!
Participate in Amazon Smile and have your charity $ go to the Allegheny Commons Park, To get started, please choose the Northside Leadership Conference as your charity. You can do so by visiting smile.amazon.com and logging into your Amazon account, then picking NSLC as your charity.
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We are still looking for more volunteers for next week’s Allegheny Commons Volunteer Event! We will be doing some weeding, mulching and litter pick up from 5:00-7:00 pm on Thursday, September 22nd. Come out, even if it’s just for 20 minutes and join us!
We only have 3 folks signed up thus far, I am looking for at least 15! Register here.
Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions! Thanks and SEE YOU IN THE PARK =)
Community Outreach Coordinator
Join the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy for a volunteer event in Allegheny Commons in the evening of Thursday, September 22nd from 5:00–7:00 pm. Volunteers will be weeding and mulching trees around the park as well as doing some litter pick up. PPC will provide all tools, gloves, supplies and water needed for the event. To register, visit showclix.com/event/allegheny-commons-volunteer-event
Join the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy for a volunteer event in Allegheny Commons on the evening of Thursday, September 22nd from 5:00-7:00 pm. Project details are still TBD but we will likely be weeding and mulching trees around the park as well as doing some litter pick up. PPC will provide all tools, gloves, supplies and water needed for the event. You can register for the event today:
Volunteer Registration Form