City of Pittsburgh Updates | Week of May 19th

City of Pittsburgh Updates | Week of May 19th

Summer 2020 updates

Find the full list of changes here, including details on Farmer’s Markets and street closures around parks to create more space.

Activities that can comply safely with social distancing guidelines will be allowed. They include:

  • Drive-in movies (by the Special Events office)
  • Farmers Markets
  • Pickup of bulk trash
  • Road closures in City parks (more information below)
  • Tennis courts (singles matches encouraged)
  • Pickle ball courts (singles matches encouraged)
  • Skate parks
  • Fields (but not for organized group sports)
  • Frisbee Golf
  • Lawn Bowling
  • Expanded summer food program (likely to begin June 15)
Large group events that cannot comply safely with social distancing will not be allowed. They include:
  • July 4 fireworks
  • City-sponsored concerts
  • 5Ks, the Great Race and other races (though they can be held virtually)
  • Summer Camps
  • Citiparks summer youth baseball
  • Summer Line Dancing
  • Pistons in the Park
  • Playgrounds, park shelters and spray parks remain closed until further notice (CDC).
Swimming pools (including the Oliver Bath House) will be closed. While the CDC says that swimming itself is safe, it says 6 feet of distance between users is required and no more than 10 people should be allowed at any time. City pool waiting areas, locker rooms and lounging areas are too cramped to allow for appropriate distancing under the guidelines.

Bulk pick up and street sweeping have resumed.

Parking enforcement related to street sweeping will not be enforced

City Planning Virtual Board and Commission Meetings Begin in June.

City Planning Boards and Commissions will move to virtual meetings. These meetings will be held on Zoom and streamed on YouTube Live on the Pittsburgh City Planning YouTube page. A link to join the meeting will be shared the day before the meeting on the specific Board or Commission’s website. If you are not planning to testify, please watch the YouTube Live stream to allow those testifying to be able to join the meeting.

Agendas, presentations, and project information will be posted online before the meeting for review and to accept public comment leading to the Board or Commission meeting. Notices for all Boards and Commissions will be posted online at https://pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/notices.

To provide public comment, you can:

  • Email the Commission to which you are testifying. Email addresses can be found on the Board or Commission’s webpage. Email testimony will be accepted until the day before the meeting at 12 p.m.
  • Send a letter to 200 Ross St., 4th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. Mailed testimony must be received by two business days before the meeting.
  • Join the virtual meeting and use raise hand function to request to speak.
  • Call into the meeting from your phone. If you wish to provide testimony this way, please register in advance with Zoning & Development Review staff to ensure that you are provided time to speak.

There are new guidelines for community gardens.

Community gardens and Adopt-A-Lot sites are open, but the first priority is to keep each other safe at all times. To ensure that community members stay healthy while using public gardening spaces, the following guidelines have been established:

  • When in doubt, stay home. Do not come to the garden if you or someone in your home is sick, if you are a member of a vulnerable population, or are a senior.
  • Do not hold group volunteer days, no matter how small.
  • Visit the garden alone or with members of your immediate household.
  • If several people are at the garden, come back later. Limit the garden to 1-3 people at a time.
  • For collective duties, make an online task list. Work done individually can still be shared by the community.
  • Post signage with these guidelines and rules in public.

While at the garden, it is important to:

  • Maintain social distancing by staying at least an arm and shovel length away from others.
  • Wear a mask or cover your mouth and nose with a cloth.
  • Be aware of high-touch surfaces and disinfect handles, water spigots, shed doors, etc. Avoid using community tools and bring your own.
  • Remove all personal items and trash you bring to the garden.
  • Thoroughly wash all produce you harvest from the garden.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Wash your hands regularly.

2020 paving has begun.

This year the City is investing nearly $15.7 million in the street resurfacing program, which supports asphalt street resurfacing, ADA curb ramp upgrades on paved streets, and repair of concrete, brick and block stone streets throughout the Pittsburgh.

Roughly 27 miles of streets will be resurfaced this year. Additional mileage will be resurfaced through cooperation agreements with local public utilities. Mechanical patching will improve many miles more by addressing particular trouble spots on otherwise acceptable street corridors.

Paving and other outdoor work has been paused during the COVID-19 pandemic but the City announced last week that it was resuming such activity.

As most residents are staying indoors and sheltering in place, the City is making an extra effort to notify residents to move their vehicles to enable street resurfacing to proceed. Streets scheduled for upcoming paving are posted on the DOMI website and will be publicized through city social media channels .

We’ve distributed more than 33,000 meals since the start of the pandemic.

Since the start of City food distributions on March 20th in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Parks and Recreation and its partners have distributed approximately 33,379 meals to children and seniors.In the past week alone, the City and partners including Parkhurst Dining, the Salvation Army, Safe A Life Today and Rivers Casino distributed a total of 4,884 meals. That included 2,108 meals to seniors and 2,776 meals to children.

Residents can now search for housing related resources on the the City’s website.

HARP connects residents who are interested in renting, currently renting, interested in buying a home, currently owning a home, renting their property as a landlord or currently experiencing homelessness with housing resources and assistance programs. “Housing is a human right.”- Mayor PedutoHARP, the Housing Assistance Resource Portal, is provided in partnership by the City of Pittsburgh, Urban Redevelopment Authority and Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh and includes additional resources from Allegheny County, Neighborhood Allies, Federal Home Loan Bank and Pittsburgh Housing Finance Agency. It can be accessed at https://pittsburghpa.gov/harp/ and is available in mobile format. NAIOP Pittsburgh and the URA developed a guide for property owners and tenants to help in avoiding commercial lease disputes during COVID-19. It can be accessed at the URA’s COVID-19 resource page.

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