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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.

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!

Greenspace Design Meeting – Last Chance!

Join landscape designer Christine Brill and other residents to review preliminary designs for the green space at the corner of Stanton Avenue and Woodbine Street.  Christine has made changes to the original plan based on the community’s vote last year and some feedback from the Stanton Heights Neighborhood Association board.  Now she will present drawings for your feedback and then create the final plan.  This will be your last opportunity to voice your thoughts on the design.

Please meet on the edge of the space at the corner of Stanton and Woodbine on Monday, April 29th at 6:00pm.  We will walk through the space, but please bring a chair so we can sit down and chat if need be.  We hope to arrange to have the church as a back-up should the weather be bad.

RSVPs appreciated to the Office of Councilman Dowd at 412-255-2140 or district7@pittsburghpa.gov.

Clean Up Success!

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Despite the temperatures and wind, the Stanton Heights Community Cleanup was a complete success! Thank you to everyone who participated! Click here or on the photo at left to check out photos from the event.  The community would like to extend a special thank you to event organizer Michael Sturges, who for the second year in a row spent countless hours to make the clean up possible. Michael gave the following recap:

Volunteers:  
We had 32 volunteers for the event. Thanks so much to  the residents of Stanton Heights and Citizen Care Inc. for your commitment to this project.Clean up statistics:  The clean up focused on the Stanton and Woodbine greenspace as well as parts of Woodbine St., Coleridge St., and Christopher St.
These are the numbers:
  • 500 pounds of mixed unbagged debris,
  • 100 pounds of scrap metal,
  • 6 tires,
  • 35 bags of garbage, 
  • 5  bags of invasive species (japanese knotweed).

All of this debris was left on the intersection of Stanton and Woodbine until DPW can pick it up.  We were also able to remove 5 buckets of garlic mustard which will be composted. About 50 vines were removed but left on site.  In addition to this, we were able to move 8 tons of concrete from the Stanton and Woodbine greenspace to be recycled.  A special thanks to Mark Biggs of Sharper Cut LLC for donating his dumptruck and time to move this concrete.

Flower bed :  
A special thanks to the volunteers who helped to plant the flower bed and to Mike Rizk for donating the mulch for the bed.

Storm drains:  We were also able to use a stencil to spray the storm drains around the greenpace to say DO NOT DUMP WASTE DRAINS TO RIVER. Thanks to PWSA for the stencil and paint and for donating 100 bottles of water for the thirsty volunteers.

Although we did not have as many volunteers as last year, we still accomplished a lot.  We still removed the same tonnage of concrete as last year–8 tons.  We removed less litter and illegally dumped items but this is because we did such a good job removing it last year and we have not had a lot of return dumping except for concrete and landscaping debris. There was noticeably less garlic mustard on the site than last year, however there was an increase of japanese knotweed which will need to be a focus for future years.

What’s Next?

Urban Ecostewards:  A group of Urban EcoSteward volunteers has been working on this greenspace since  last years clean up to remove illegally dumped items and invasive species. Bevery Stennett, Jennifer Sturges Trillium Reynolds and her sons should all be applauded for their efforts working up to this clean up.  Let us know if you would like to join this group of volunteers in the future.

Staying on top of future dumping:  To all Stanton Heights residents, we could really use your help with keeping an eye on future dumping.  We need to be vigilant  and need to move dumped materials out of the property ASAP so that people realize that we are a community that will not look the other way anymore.

Community Park:  The Stanton Heights Neighborhood Association will be getting word out about future meetings to discuss  the proposal of a community park on the greenspace.  A meeting date of April 29th is currently set but a time and location has not been chosen.Thank you Stanton Heights Neighborhood Association for donating lunch for the volunteers, thank you Allegheny CleanWays for the supplies and support.
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