January Community Meetings focused on Greenspace & Possible Dog Park

Are you interested in the possibility of creating a dog park in Stanton Heights? Or, have you wanted to improve our community parks & greenspaces while promoting positive storm water infrastructure?
25572_414898452227_176956517227_5100545_3819329_sThe January 20th meeting of the Stanton Heights Neighborhood Association will focus on possible future uses of Kelly field and the surrounding park space, including the potential for adding a dog park in the future. Specifically, we will have guests from the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy to discuss the Heth’s Run project which sits below Stanton Heights towards Morningside and Highland Park.  This coalition has received a number of grants to study and develop a plan for storm water within the watershed (Kelly Field and the surrounding green space form the upper-ridge).  They will give a summary of their work to be followed by a discussion about how residents are currently using Kelly Field and the surrounding park space and how we would like to see it used in the future, to include a possible dog park. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, January 20th from 6:30 – 8:00 pm in the library of Sunnyside Elementary school.
Additionally, there will be a Green Committee Meeting at 6 pm on Monday, January 11th at 153 Stanton Courts East.  Anyone interested in the rain garden and love your block project or discussing green infrastructure around Kelly Field should plan to attend.  For more details or to RSVP (dinner provided!) please email lissa.geiger@gmail.com.

January Neighborhood Happy Hour

January Happy HourPost-holiday blahs got you down? Cheer up! Come have a drink with your neighbors and talk about all of those New Year resolutions you may have already let fall by the wayside. Our monthly happy hours are a casual way to meet and greet other folks in the neighborhood. Bring a friend!

When: Thursday, January 14th from 6 – 8 pm

Where: Pints on Penn – 3523 Penn Avenue

Why: Because getting to know the folks who live around you is FUN!


Ready, Set, Shovel!

snow2520angelWith many of us enjoying our yards and even wearing shorts (!) this past balmy weekend, it’s hard to imagine the white stuff causing havoc on the roads & clogging our driveways. But surely, a few flakes will fall this winter, and we have many elderly and disabled neighbors who could use some assistance shoveling around their homes. Will you be a Snow Angel??

Allegheny County Snow Angels provide a much needed service around Pittsburgh by matching volunteers (like YOU!) with those who are unable to shovel on their own. They are in need of volunteers right here in Stanton Heights as they are currently unable to match the demand they receive for services in our neighborhood. You can sign up on their website: http://www.alleghenysnowangels.org where you can also read stories from other volunteers about how personally meaningful the experience can be.

Or – help spread the word by downloading this flyer and sharing it with your neighbors.

If you would like to receive assistance in shoveling your own walk, you can do so by calling: 412-345-7420, 2-1-1- or 3-1-1.


Holiday Happy Hour at The Pleasure Bar

holidayhappyhourThe weather outside is not quite frightful, so you’ll have no excuse to miss the Stanton Heights Neighborhood Association’s holiday themed happy hour! This month’s gathering will take place on Wednesday, December 16th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Pleasure Bar, 4729 Liberty Ave, Bloomfield. We’ll meet in the room adjacent to the bar, on the right. Take a break from your holiday happenings and join your neighbors for a festive beverage and a good laugh!

* Please note that while parking on the street is free after 6 p.m., ticketing in the back lot continues until 10 p.m.

The Trees Need Tending! Will You Help?

treeTrees are coming to Stanton Heights!  We have applied to receive a few dozen trees this Spring and hope to apply for more in the future.  One factor that determines how many new trees our neighborhood receives is having trained tree-tenders who can assist with plantings and pruning trees, as needed. We can receive 10 trees for every trained tender who resides in our neighborhood. To become a trained tree-tender, check out the info below:

The next course is approaching fast on Saturday, December 12th in Carnegie PA. The class runs from 9a.m.-4 p.m at the Carnegie Borough Building at One Veterans Way, Carnegie PA 15106.

You can register at www.treepittsburgh.org or contact Joe at 412-781-8733 for more information.

The Tree Tenders course will teach you about urban forestry practices, tree biology and health, proper planting techniques, and a whole lot more. Food will be provided as well as your very own Tree Tender t-shirt.

Classes do have limited seating and fill up fast, don’t wait- register today!

If you have questions about the TreeVitalize program in Stanton Heights or other green-committee projects, please feel free to contact Lissa Geiger Shulman.

Neighborhood Gateway Rain Garden Plans

When traveling down Stanton or McCandless Avenue towards Lawrenceville, the viewscape is tremendous – from the natural beauty of the Allegheny Cemetery, to the Allegheny River Valley, or even the stately cityscape of Downtown Pittsburgh. Unfortunately, a less sightly view is the aging corrugated aluminum retaining wall and graffiti-covered, crumbling staircase. at Stanton & McCandless.

Rain Garden

Rendering of rain garden between Stanton & McCandless Avenues courtesy of Penn State Center for Design.

The SHNA Green Committee, who recently completed a project at the gateway to Stanton Heights from Morningside are now focusing their attention on this lot and the entrance to the community from Lawrenceville. Over the summer, we commissioned students with the Penn State Center for Design to produce plans that would turn this property into something both beautiful and environmentally beneficial.  The plans, available for download below, call for the installation of rain gardens along the top and bottom of the hillside, along with anchoring beds that create a welcoming gateway between Stanton Heights & Lawrenceville.

Rain Garden

Rendering of rain garden between Stanton & McCandless Avenues courtesy of Penn State Center for Design.

Rain gardens use natural plant species that can withstand large amounts of water and nutrient concentrations to absorb rainfall and stormwater runoff. Addressing stormwater runoff in this location should help with the flooding and icing conditions along the roadways, in addition to being a part of larger citywide efforts to reduce stormwater flow into the sewers.

We plan to make this project one of many springing up throughout the city to contribute to meeting County and City goals to reduce sewage overflows. In addition to reducing stormwater, the project will prevent the spread of invasive species along the hillside and hedge against the further erosion of the hillside.

Sign Concept

Rendering of rain garden between Stanton & McCandless Avenues courtesy of Penn State Center for Design.

To get the project underway, the Neighborhood Association has applied for a Love Your Block grant from the City that could fund the first phase of project implementation as soon as May 2016. This phase will begin installing rain garden beds consisting of little blue stem and prairie drop seed grasses, and perennials including varieties of columbine, tickseed, coneflower, daylilies, and black-eyed susans.

In addition to beginning to implement the rain gardens, the grant would also provide city assistance for graffiti-removal along the city steps leading down to the bus stop on Stanton Avenue, painting the stairway railings, and beautification of the aging retaining wall that is an eyesore. Once grant recipients are announced, we will be recruiting volunteers for our project date in mid-May.

Rain Garden View

Rendering of rain garden between Stanton & McCandless Avenues courtesy of Penn State Center for Design.

Other funding sources we will seek in the coming year are a Green Infrastructure Grant through the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA).  Last year, the Green Infrastructure program funded 17 projects around the city, and we believe that this project is competitive for the next grant cycle.

If you are interested in volunteering on this project or others like it, come to our next community meeting on November 18th (6:30 pm at Sunnyside Elementary) or reach out to our green committee chair Lissa Geiger Shulman at lissa.geiger@gmail.com.

Penn State Center Rain Garden plans

Yard Debris Recycling: Saturday, November 14

Are you looking for an ecologically friendly way to dispose of those beautiful fall leaves decorating your lawn? Many folks have been setting bags of leaves out for the garbage over the past few weeks. Unfortunately if you set these bags out with your weekly garbage pick up they will end up in a landfill – whether they are in paper yard bags or not. However, the City of Pittsburgh has a Yard Debris Recycling pick up scheduled for this Saturday November 14th! If you have bagged leaves / bundled brush, you should set them on the curb Friday evening for an early Saturday pick up. The City is only able to offer this service twice a year – the next being in mid May 2016.
Stanton Heights Neighborhood Clean up 2012 038Between Nov 15th and May, you can take your leaves and grass clippings to the Stanton Heights Neighborhood Composting Program site to be responsibly recycled. The Stanton Heights Neighborhood Compost Program site is located on Stanton Ave. between the intersection of Stanton and McCandless and Stanton and Woodbine. Look for the large pile of leaves to the left of the tree next to the big wooden compost bin. Please take any brush or branches to Agrecycle.  http://agrecycle.com/

The Stanton Heights Community Composting Program helps responsibly funnel landscaping and yard waste and prevent dumping at other sites and provides community members with compost to use in their yards.
For more information about this Urban EcoStewards project feel free to contact Mike Sturges at mjpsturges [at] gmail.com or 412-606-7542.

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