Hilltop Unity Festival – Saturday, July 19th


July 2008 Community Update


Splish Splash!
Beechview is getting a splash park. The City has offered $250,000 for the construction of a playground with features that spray water for children to play in. This will be an additional recreational amenity to add to the quality of life for families in the neighborhood. Community Leaders United for Beechview is holding a meeting to present two options for the location of the splash park to the community on Thursday, July 17, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. in McCann Hall at St. Catherine of Siena Church. Councilman Jim Motznik and Representative Chelsa Wagner have been active in discussion about the park and are helping to promote the meeting.

Community Mural
The Beechview Mural Project began with an introductory meeting on Saturday, June 21st. Interested neighborhood residents listened to several experienced muralists explain the process. Attendees signed up to participate in the Beechview Mural Steering Committee. The first meeting of that Committee will be on Saturday, July 19th (time and location TBD).

Streetface Program
The City of Pittsburgh’s Urban Redevelopment Authority has money dedicated to Beechview for commercial business owners and tenants to improve their storefronts through the Streetface program.  URA staff attended the Beechview Merchants Association meeting to explain the program to local businesses and to invite them to submit applications. If you are a Beechview business owner interested in taking advantage of this program, please contact Quianna Wasler, Mainstreet Development Specialist, at 412-255-6550 or qwasler@ura.org.

Upcoming Events in Beechview:

07/13/08 – Fall Soccer Sign-ups @ Jim Rawe/Alton Field (12:00 – 4:00 p.m.)

07/17/08 – Fall Soccer Sign-ups @ Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Beechview Branch, 1910 Broadway Avenue (5:00 – 7:00 p.m.)

07/17/08 – Splash Park Community Meeting @ McCann Hall, St. Catherine of Siena Church, Broadway Avenue at Belasco Avenue (7:00 p.m.)

07/19/08 – Your Block Clean Up @ Foodland, 1604 Broadway Avenue (9:00 a.m.); Refreshments for Block Clean Up @ Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Beechview Branch, 1910 Broadway Avenue (12:30 p.m.)

07/19/08 – Beechview Mural Steering Committee @ Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Beechview Branch, 1910 Broadway Avenue (11:00 a.m.)

07/27-31/08 – Children’s Activity Program @ Beechview Community of Christ, Tonapah and Realty (6:00 – 8:30 p.m.)

08/05/08 – National Night Out @ Parking Lot, Broadway Avenue at Beechview Avenue (7:00 p.m.)

08/07/08 – Beechview Area Concerned Citizens/Beechview Block Watch @ Beechview United Presbyterian Church, 1621 Broadway Avenue (7:00 p.m./8:00 p.m.)

08/07-09/08 – Summer Festival @ St. Catherine of Siena Church, Broadway Avenue at Belasco Avenue

08/11-15/08 – Vacation Bible School @ Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1516 Beechview Avenue (6:30 p.m.)

08/24/08 – Feed the Multitude Community Picnic @ Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1516 Beechview Avenue (1:00 p.m.)

09/11/08 – Community Patriot Day Service @ Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1516 Beechview Avenue (7:00 p.m.)


Renew Brookline
Renew Pittsburgh is a new “all-volunteer, non-partisan organization to promote renewing Pittsburgh from within.” It came to Brookline on June 28th for a day of service.

Renew Pittsburgh Director, Kevin Acklin had the following to say about it:
“We held our first event last Saturday in Brookline, a great Pittsburgh neighborhood. Joined by several volunteers from Brookline and from around the City, we cleaned up Brookline Park, picked up garbage along Brookline Boulevard, handled several home projects for several elderly neighbors around Brookline, and repainted the benches and iron fence surrounding the historic cannon war memorial on Brookline Boulevard. I want to thank the good people of Brookline for their hospitality and for helping our efforts to volunteer in such a great Pittsburgh neighborhood!”

Neighborhood folks reported that a lot of work got done that day. Thanks to Renew Pittsburgh for the help.

Upcoming Events in Brookline:

07/08/08 – Block Watch @ District Justice Charles McLaughlin’s Office, 736 Brookline Boulevard (7:00 p.m.)

08/12/08 – Block Watch @ Charles McLaughlin’s Office (7:00 p.m.)


Tree-Lined Streets
The Mayor is giving Carrick 60 trees as a result of a questionaire relative to his Streetscape initative. Also involved are The Pittsburgh Urban Forest, Friends of the Pittsburgh Urban Forest and TreeVitalize.  The focus is on the Brownsville Road business district and the trees will be planted this fall, next spring and next fall.  Property/business owners must request the tree and commit to help maintain it with the help of local tree tenders. The goal is approx. 20 trees to be planted for each planting. 

Tree Tender classes in Carrick:  Friends of the Pittsburgh Urban Forest are conducting classes in Carrick for residents who want to be Tree Tenders.  The classes will be held Tuesday evenings beginning July 29th, August 5th and end August 12th. The location is the Concord Presbyterian Church at 1907 Brownsville Road. Participants will recieve course material, dinner each evening, a certificate, Tree Tender shirt and hand pruners. A donation of $40 is requested (multiple members from a household will have a discount).  For more information contact Caitlin Lenahan at Caitlin@pittsburghforest.org or 412-362-6360. Alice Vaday can also be contacted at 412-885-3293 and she will drop a registration form off to be filled out and sent to Friends of the Pittsburgh Urban Forest.

Carrick-Overbook Historical Society
Help spread the word and educate the community about local history to increase the pride, awareness, and respect of the neighborhood. Meet at the Carrick Library every Saturday morning-call before attending the meeting. Activities include scanning photos and artifacts, interviewing local historians, and creating educational materials. Contact John at jrudiak@yahoo.com or 412-885-2548.

Upcoming Events in Carrick:

08/23/08 – Corn Fest @ Carrick High School field, 125 Parkfield Street (noon – dark)

All South Pittsburgh Neighborhoods

Upcoming Events in South Pittsburgh:

07/17/08 – Three Rivers Postcard Club @ Fairhaven United Methodist Church, 2415 Saw Mill Run Boulevard (7:00 p.m.)

08/21/08 – Three Rivers Postcard Club @ Fairhaven United Methodist Church, 2415 Saw Mill Run Boulevard (7:00 p.m.)