It was a perfect day in Stanton Heights last Saturday as the neighborhood gathered to unveil our new gateway sign, and celebrate community together. We couldn’t have asked for better weather, or better neighbors to share the day with us!
Please join us for our 3rd annual Stanton Heights Community Festival on Saturday, August 22nd from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm in the parking lot of Sunnyside Elementary. This year promises to be bigger and better than before with food, games, and music for the whole family!
Sign Unveiling: We will kick off the celebration at 11:00 am with a ceremonial ribbon cutting to unveil our new “Welcome to Stanton Heights” sign. We are thrilled that our neighborhood will finally have its own gateway sign!
Fun for the Kids: Activities for the kids will include a bounce house, balloon sculptor, face painter, robotics activities, and games – from water balloons to hula hoops!
Hourly Giveaways: We will be giving away gift certificates & gift cards each hour thanks to generous donations from the community. Thank you to our generous donors, including: Animal Elegance Pet Grooming, Coldwell Banker, Costco, Giant Eagle Market District, Gus’ Café, Home Depot, Kids Robotics Camps, McDonalds, Nieds Hotel, Sam’s Club, Shop n Save, Sports Clips, Target, Walmart, & Wendy’s,
All residents & families of Stanton Heights and our neighboring communities are welcome to join us. Please share this information with your neighbors to help us spread the word!
Have you ever seen public art around Pittsburgh and thought it would be great to enjoy it right in your own neighborhood? Public art comes in many forms, from sculptures to murals to interactive elements that engage the community. All Stanton Heights residents are invited to join us for a meeting & presentation by the Pittsburgh Office of Public Art Director, Renee Piechocki. We hope this event will help launch an interested group of community members to pursue making public art a reality in the neighborhood.
Please join us!!
What: Community meeting & conversation to discuss bringing public art to Stanton Heights
Who: ALL residents are invited to join us for a presentation by Pittsburgh’s office of Public Art
When: Wednesday, June 17th, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Where: The Neighborhood Academy – 709 N Aiken Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
When: Thursday, June 25, 2015; 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Where: 4415 Stanton Avenue and the alley at Price Way
Come out and share some food and drink and meet your neighbors. For the last six months, The Stanton Heights Neighborhood Association has been organizing neighborhood happy hours at local bars and restaurants. We decided to bring the happy hour to the neighborhood for the summer months. In June, we will be meeting at the home of Michael and Jennifer Sturges for smoked pulled pork and drinks. The festivities will spill into the alleyway at Price Way and Woodbine St. for cornhole and other backyard games. Feel free to bring food or drink, but you do not need to bring anything to join us.
In October of 2014, a group of neighbors came together to talk about how to create a “gateway” to the neighborhood. The team decided to include a green infrastructure, along with signage to help identify Stanton Heights and welcome people to the neighborhood. The idea of adding signage has been discussed by residents for many years, but nothing had yet come to fruition. What would the sign look like, and how could the association get something funded within a relatively short period of time? These questions were discussed at several community meetings over the course of the next 6 months.
The committee identified three major gateways to Stanton Heights: the front lawn of Sunnyside Elementary, right at the bend of Stanton Avenue; Mossfield and Azure; and Stanton Avenue near McCandless Avenue, coming up the hill from Lawrenceville. Due to construction and hillside assessment work being completed at the other two sites, the group decided to first focus on the Sunnyside Elementary school site. The Pittsburgh Public School board agreed to this location, and the plans moved forward.
The sign’s design incorporated the Stanton Heights logo, which was created by one of our own residents, Bryon Creagh, who lent his graphic design talents to the community a couple of years prior. Bryon had attended community meetings where neighbors discussed what was important about their neighborhood, and what made Stanton Heights unique. He took notes at these meetings, thoughtfully considered their meaning and how to best represent the neighborhood, and created our Stanton Heights logo. Adding Bryon’s design to the sign seemed like the perfect solution to the gateway greening committee!
Stanton Heights has worked closely with City Council District 7 over the years, and Councilwoman Deb Gross was happy to assist in allocating neighborhood needs funding to pay for the cost of the sign. Her contribution covered the entire expense, alleviating the need for the group to do further fundraising, and allowing them to focus on the greening portion of the gateway.
In early May, about 15 volunteers helped plant 10 trees on the property in front of Sunnyside Elementary. These trees were graciously donated by the Pittsburgh Shade Tree Commission, and are an assortment of redbud, crabapple, dogwood, and service berry trees. These trees will provide a burst of color in the spring and beautiful foliage in the fall.
Currently, the sign is working its way through the City of Pittsburgh’s approval processes. Our goal is to have this community asset placed in the ground in August, with a ribbon cutting ceremony in conjunction with our Community Festival! Stay tuned as we look forward to welcoming the neighborhood to this exciting event!
Future steps include adding signage to the additional gateways, continuing to beautify and green the neighborhood through additional plantings, and incorporating public art into the community landscape. To get involved, email Green Committee Chair, Lissa Geiger Shulman at: lissa.geiger [at] gmail.com
Join us for our next monthly neighborhood happy hour on Thursday, May 28th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. We will meet at the Bulldog Pub in Morningside for food, drinks, and great conversation with your neighbors. If the weather cooperates, we will meet on their back patio! Share this invitation with your neighbors – we hope to see you there!
Time to clean out your closets! The 5th annual Stanton Heights Neighborhood Yard Sales will be held on Saturday, June 13th from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, rain or shine! This year, residents have the option to set up space in the Sunnyside Elementary School parking lot. We hope this change will increase traffic for those in a centralized location, as well as attract even more bargain hunters to the neighborhood.
- Download and complete the attached form, and mail it to the address provided along with your payment.
- Fill out the online form here or below and submit your payment to the address provided
The deadline to register and submit your payment is June 10th.