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Stanton Heights Receives $10,000 PWSA Grant

Sign Concept

Phase II Rain Garden Conceptual Drawing

The Stanton Heights Neighborhood Association is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a $10,000 grant through the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority’s Green Infrastructure program! The program supports projects focused on developing infrastructure to reduce storm-water runoff throughout the city. These funds will be used to complete Phase II of our rain garden project: removing concrete, planting native species, and adding educational signage at the gateway into Stanton Heights from Lawrenceville. Phase I was recently completed utilizing a $1000 Love Your Block grant and in-kind donations from Pittsburgh’s Department of Public Works to add native species and create curb cuts into an area of hard-packed soil & weeds that will allow for greater water absorption. Phase II will expand the garden across the street and further decrease storm-water runoff by removing the impermeable concrete and adding additional native plants. Signage will also be installed at the site to share information on the value and purpose of the garden, in addition to welcoming individuals to the community.

As planning for this next phase of our rain garden begins, we will share opportunities on our website and via social media for our community to become more engaged. A large project like this can not be done without the incredible support of the many volunteers within our neighborhood. Thank you to those who have already shared their time and energy to this project! We look forward to working with PWSA to continue greening and beautifying our community.

An official PWSA press release can be found here.


This Saturday – Rain Garden Planting Day!

rain garden 2Please join us for our second neighborhood greening event of the Spring! We will be painting the railing going up the city steps from Stanton to McCandless, and planting native species in the rain garden. If you have a couple of hours to spare, please join us this Saturday! 
5/7/16: Stanton Heights Rain Garden Work Day 2.
8:00 am – Registration
9:00 am – Work begins
Meet at the Allegheny Cemetery Community Garden—fence gate will be open
  • Native plants will be added to the rain garden and mulch will be added to ensure that they retain moisture between large rains.
  • Hop plant trellises will be completed.  Landscape rocks will be added around beds.
  • Fresh paint will be applied to the railing on the city steps
Need more information? Contact:
Michael Sturges 412.606.7542
Jim Heinrich 412.782.1313

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

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

Penn State Center Rain Garden plans

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