Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy December Highlights

Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy December 2016 Highlights
  • ​​Schenley Park Volunteer Sweep | December 10
  • Hike With A Naturalist: Leaf Litter Exploration | December 10
  • Frick Environmental Center Discovery: Animal Signs | December 11
  • Citiparks' Skate with Santa | December 11
  • Frick Environmental Center Docent Training | December 12
  • Hike With A Naturalist: Animal Signs | December 17
  • Hike With A Naturalist: Winter Tree ID | December 18
  • Wine and Grapevines: Wreath Making Workshop | December 22
  • Christmas Eve Hike | December 24


12 2016

Dec 2016 – Free Or Almost Free Stuff To Do In Pgh

Find year-round events for fun, entertaining and engaging things to do in the greater Pittsburgh Area.
Having fun doesn’t have to empty your wallet! Many of Pittsburgh’s annual events are free, family friendly and deliver a unique experience.
A sampling of ongoing and upcoming events and places to visit:
Check out their website for the complete list and links to respective sites.
Also check out the list of great family adventures in Pittsburgh this month from NEXTPittsburghInlineInline image 1
  • Winter Flower Show and Light Garden at Phipps: Nov 25 – Jan 8
  • Hands-on Handmade at Handmade Arcade: December 3 at DL Convention Ctr
  • Krampusnacht at Market Square: December 5
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol Pajama Party at Row House Cinema: December 20
  • Holiday walks with Venture Outdoors: December 1, 17


12 2016

Port Authority Fair Changes Begin 1/1/2017

Beginning January 1, 2017, Port Authority will eliminate its two-zone fare system and instate a single-zone system in which all riders will pay $2.50 with a ConnectCard. Riders paying with cash will pay $2.75. 
Transfers for riders paying with a ConnectCard will remain $1. There will be no transfers for riders paying with cash; riders paying with cash will need to pay an additional $2.75 for their connecting trip. 
Port Authority will eliminate the Downtown free bus zone. 
To learn more about additional changes coming, click here.    


12 2016

Dec 2016 PWSA Waterline Replacement Project Update(Lothrop/Terrace/Darragh)

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PWSA Waterline Replacement Project Update (Lothrop/Terrace/Darragh) 
To view the Project Update Sheet for the Lothrop/Terrace/Darragh Streets Waterline Replacement Project, please click below. 
This information can also be found at www.pgh2o.com under the “Project Info” section of the home page. 
The project is approximately 75% complete. The anticipated project completion date is December 2016, weather permitting. Remaining work includes final service tie-ins, hydrant and catch basin installation, and sidewalk & final road restoration.


11 2016

Pitt’s Oakland Bakery & Market Seeking Community Input On Food Choices

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Pitt's Oakland Bakery & Market are considering having more grocery store components. Their ultimate goal is for it to become somewhat like a food co-op, but more ingrained. 
They want to know about residents' interests and concerns about having this kind of store available in Oakland.
Join the conversation by filling out the online survey at:
Please pass on to any neighbors either by email or sharing a copy of the survey attached. 
On Facebook:


11 2016

Port Authority Service Request Surveys Due THIS Wed 11/30

The Port Authority is accepting service requests for the 2017 fiscal year through the end of the month. For those of you who want to advocate for improved routes it is important to go to the website and complete the request survey, the link is below. It is a quick and easy survey that only takes a couple minutes. The requests can be made both as a group and as individuals. It is important to spread this information to all your members if there are any requests that you have in mind.  For example, re-implementing the 84B in South Oakland. Advocacy for this route can continue, and if there are any other requests it is important that they be submitted by November 30th. 


11 2016

Self-Employment Workshop For 50+ – Wed 11/30 5-6:30pm CLP Homewood

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The Duquesne University Small Business Development Center is pleased to announce that it is offering Work for Yourself@50+ workshops in our community. 
AARP Foundation’s Work for Yourself@50+ will help low- and moderate-income adults age 50+ gain the knowledge, support, and resources they need to make informed decisions and take the right first steps toward successful self-employment. The 90-minute workshop will walk participants through the Work for Yourself@50+ materials and connect them with local resources to help them reach their goals. 
The first workshop will be offered on Wednesday, November 30th , at 5:00pm-6:30pm at the Carnegie Library in Homewood.


11 2016

Aquaponics Discussion/Potluck Meeting – Wed 11/30 6-8pm – 6022 Broad St, East Liberty

Come to the Pittsburgh Farm Crew Potluck to enjoy FREE food, FREE discussion & a skillshare on aquaponics led by the University of Pittsburgh Aquaponics Club. In conjunction with Grow Pittsburgh, Repair the World: Pittsburgh is excited to host this evening of discovery and delight! 
For anyone unfamiliar with it, Aquaponics is a system of aquaculture in which the waste produced by farmed fish or other aquatic animals supplies nutrients for plants grown hydroponically, which in turn purify the water.  Thanks to its automatic recirculating system, aquaponics does not require much monitoring or measuring.
RSVP encouraged: http://bit.ly/2eI4ueN   


11 2016

Pgh Parking Authority Announces FREE Holiday Parking

The Pittsburgh Parking Authority Announces Free Holiday Parking 
1 – FREE Holiday Parking at ALL Parking Authority Garages on the Following Dates:
Friday, November 25, 2016 (Black Friday); And for Five (5) Saturdays: November 26, December 3, 10, 17 and December 24, 2016.
DOWNTOWN:  Third Avenue- Ninth & Penn- Smithfield Liberty- Oliver- Ft. Duquesne & Sixth Street- Wood Allies- Mellon Square Garage- Grant Street Transportation Center- First Avenue Garage and T Station. 
OAKLAND:  Forbes Semple Garage 
SHADYSIDE:  Shadyside Garage              
2 – FREE Parking in ALL Parking Authority Garages and On-Street Meters for "Small Business Saturday" on Saturday, November 26, 2016. 


11 2016

Artist Needs Residents To Participate In Art Installation

Artist Darrell Kinsel (Pgh Native, Schenley Grad, Contributor to OPDC Evening Of Storytelling ) needs 2-3 Oakland residents willing to volunteer to be “models” for this exhibit. Any volunteers? The volunteer must be willing to let Darrell go through your recycling can and include elements of it in the installation described below. 
Shells of Our Former Selves 
The pieces will serve as sculptures, trash statues that represent different people of Pittsburgh.  Connecting with students, neighbors, and professionals that operate in Oakland.  These iterations of our community will be created out of the refuse materials collected directly from each of the models.  Conceptually, Shells of Our Former Selves serve as vessels for spiritual reflection, a shell or skin shed for the purposes of personal growth.   Each sculpture will reflect ideas, techniques, and physical items that have been disposed of or left behind.  This exhibition will present a collection public sculptures piled into the storefront window.  The Humanoid sculptures will present omni gendered wide ranging  body types created out of recyclable materials.  The recyclable materials will be sourced from 50 pre selected models that will serve as the base shapes for each sculpture.  Shells of Our Former Selves will represent the amount of waste collected from the model, a personal reflection of brand preferences, habits, and what different people identify as "waste". 


11 2016

Wakefield Townhome Development Proposal

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The first image is of another development at Bakery Square.  The idea for Wakefield St is to be similar offset buildings and recessed garages to minimize their visual impact, but the "look" should be less modern and in context with South Oakland. 
Attached are some initial sketches of a proposed development for the current first five lots at Wakefield St and Ward St.   Additionally, the developer notes that based on the existing building on the corner lot "is three stories high, and the first floor is slightly elevated.  Conservatively, I’d say the ridge is at 30’ above grade.  The highest building we have would be 10’ lower at street level, and we are limited to code to 40’."  
So "the building height of the highest building would not be any taller than the existing one" and "they would be further to the left, and drop down" further down Wakefield toward the shrine area.

Parkway East Temp Closures THIS WEEKEND NOV 4-7

Beechwood Boulevard (Greenfield) Bridge reconstruction project to require temporary traffic restrictions during steel installation 
The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works has announced the following updates regarding the Beechwood Boulevard (Greenfield) Bridge replacement project. 
I-376 East (Parkway East) inbound and outbound lanes will be closed to all traffic on the following dates: 
Friday November 4, at 10:00 p.m. until Monday, November 7, at 6:00 a.m. 
  • Placement of the steel arches and decking over the Parkway East. If the weekend is successful, both steel arches will be in place by Monday, November 7. 
Saturday, November 19, at Midnight (early morning hours of Saturday, following Light Up Night celebrations downtown Friday) until 6:00 a.m. Monday, November 21  
  • Placement of the remaining steel elements 
Following the second weekend closure, crews from Mosites Construction Company will finish tightening all steel connections and perform miscellaneous activities on site. This work will not affect Parkway East traffic.  
Posted detours will follow the same routes and patterns as previous Parkway East closures that took place during the bridge implosion in December 2015. Signage will be provided to direct motorists.  Maps of the official detours are available here: Eastbound Detour Map ; Westbound Detour Map.  
Off duty police officers will be directing traffic at key intersections to assist motorists along the detour routes and help minimize travel times. 
Additional information can be found on the Oakland Transportation Management Association’s (OTMA) community outreach website (http://greenfieldbridge.otmapgh.org/).   
In preparation for the steel erection phase of construction, a crane with a 200 foot boom was delivered on 37 semi-trucks and assembled on site last week. Structural steel elements, including arches delivered in three sections, were also delivered to the work site.  
Crews from Mosites will begin assembling the southern sections of the steel arches over the next two weeks. This work will not impede traffic flow on the Parkway East.   
If you have any questions concerning this closure, please contact Mr. Aaron Pickering, Project Manager of Michael Baker International, at 412-269-6423, or via email to Apickering@mbakerintl.com.      


11 2016

Nov 2016 Parks News

The shorter, colder days of fall are a sure sign that winter is coming. They're also the reason why we're gifted such gorgeous autumns. Embrace the cooler days this month by visiting the parks and be rewarded with the vivid colors of the season. 
A sampling of "happening in november"
Urban EcoSteward Quarterly Training | November 5
Fall Fun: A Free Family Event | November 6
Urban EcoSteward Training: Invasive Plants | November 12
Full Moon Hike | November 15
From Garbage to Garden: Composting for Kids | November 20
Check out their website for a full list and info

City Of Pgh Launches Burgh’s Eye View Info System

Digital map provides integrated information includ­ing 311 re­quests, build­ing permits, code violat­ions, and pub­lic safe­ty in­ci­dents 
Furthering its commitment to transparency and open data, the City of Pittsburgh today unveiled Burgh’s Eye View, a new mobile web application giving residents instant visual access to important neighborhood data. 
This mobile web application will allow citizens, for the first time, to gain visual insight into a wide range of data including incidents of crime and other public safety data, building permits and code violations, and “311” service requests.   
“Transparency and openness are essential to ensuring a responsive City government and thriving neighborhoods,” said Mayor William Peduto. “Burgh’s Eye View brings that transparency directly to the citizens of Pittsburgh, and more importantly transforms the experience of open government – by making it truly accessible to everyone.”  


10 2016

Nov 2016 – Free Or Almost Free Stuff To Do In Pgh

Find year-round events for fun, entertaining and engaging things to do in the greater Pittsburgh Area.

Having fun doesn’t have to empty your wallet! Many of Pittsburgh’s annual events are free, family friendly and deliver a unique experience.
A sampling of ongoing and upcoming events and places to visit:

Check out their website for the complete list and links to respective sites.

Also check out the list of great family adventures in Pittsburgh this month from NEXTPittsburghInline image 1

  • Wizard World Pgh at David L. Lawrence Convention Ctr: Nov 4-6
  • Polishfest Pittsburgh at the University of Pittsburgh: Nov 13
  • Light Up Night Sleepover at Carnegie Science Ctr: Nov 18-19
  • Winter Flower Show and Light Garden at Phipps: Nov 25 – Jan 8




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