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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.

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

Free Trees!

tree plantingIs your yard or street front missing a tree?  The SHNA green committee wants to help!

Treevitalize, a program of Tree Pittsburgh offers free trees to community groups who have committed tree tenders – trained volunteers to help care for and maintain the trees.  Fortunately, our community has identified tree tenders, now we just need to identify possible tree locations!  For the first round of applications, we need to identify 10 new tree locations – these can be a front yard or tree pit between the sidewalk and the street.
Unfortunately, many of the trees in Stanton Heights were planted many years ago and are in need of removal due to overgrowth (large trees interfere with utility lines and impact sidewalks) disease, and death.  The city has slowly been removing many of these older trees, leaving major gaps in our urban tree canopy.  Tree Pittsburgh is working to help replace these trees with native species that are appropriately sized for our urban environment.
If you are interested in applying for a tree, complete this short application. Trees will be planted in Spring 2016, but completed applications should be sent to our green committee (not to the treevitalize coordinator as directed on the form) no later than Monday, September 21st.  We will be assembling all requests and submitting them as one application!
If you have questions about this process, please contact Lissa Geiger Shulman who is the head of our green committee.

Winter Walk with the Green Committee

Start 2015 with brisk January walk around Stanton Heights! The newly formed Green Committee will be leading a walking tour of the neighborhood, showing areas of progress and areas where we’d like to focus in the upcoming year. This is the perfect opportunity to get involved and learn more about the work your neighbors have done to keep Stanton Heights a beautiful community through projects such as:

snowWalkers will meet at 11:00 am on January 24th by the former Methodist Church sign (now the Three Rivers Village School) at Stanton Court West & Stanton Avenue. The tour will conclude with a bonfire and light refreshments near the community compost. Dress warmly and bring a neighbor – everyone is welcome!

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