At the March 20th meeting of the HPCC, three leash-free dog areas were proposed including:

1) Elgin St./King Estate
2) Farm House Ball Field
3) Forestry Field

The decision making process will include a second community meeting on April 17th. Please see the HPCC Highland Park Dog Park Presentation_v2 for more details.

The PA Interfaith Impact Network (PIIN) and Yinzercation will co-host a Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate education debate. This will be the only debate in Pennsylvania focused exclusively on education issues! And all of the major candidates have committed to coming: Rob McCord, Katie McGinty, Allyson Schwartz, Jack Wagner, and Tom Wolf.

Please mark your calendars now and plan to be a part of this event:
Tuesday, April 8th at Pittsburgh Obama 6-12
515 N. Highland Ave., Pittsburgh PA 15206
(Bus Service: 89 and 71B. Free parking at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.)

Doors open at 6PM with student performances. The debate begins 7PM, with doors closing promptly at 6:55PM for the live telecast, which will be moderated by WPXI’s Lisa Sylvester.

Do you have a question for the candidates? This is your chance to ask the people who want to govern our state where they stand on education issues! Email your question to by April 1st. Or you can tweet it ahead of time to #PGHed or bring it with you to write on the question cards we will have available during the seating hour.

This is truly a community event with a wide range of co-sponsors, including: the Black Political Empowerment Project; the Greater Park Place Neighborhood Association; the League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh; the Pittsburgh Area Jewish Committee; the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition; and the YMCA Youth and Government Club at Pittsburgh Obama 6-12.

For more information, updates, and to RSVP, please see the Facebook event page. Volunteers are also needed, and the event is entirely dependent on volunteers.

Black Eyed Susan:  The official flower of Highland Park

Black Eyed Susan: The official flower of Highland Park

This is to remind you that the Highland Park Garden Club will have its monthly meeting this coming Saturday the 22nd of March at the Union Project building, in the Atrium room accessible through the Stanton avenue entrance. The meeting will start at 10:00 am. It is open to the entire community and hopefully we will entice you to join our group.
Here is what you will learn:

Class on seed germination:
Our plant guru Rachel will teach you how to grow plants from seeds, what containers to use, even utilizing things around the house like newspaper and soup cans, how to harvest the seeds and how you take care of seedlings until it is time to plant them outside, what is the best soil to use and how much water they need..and lots more.

We will also be made aware by our own tree tender Nancy of a beautiful site totally neglected by us all. I bet you’ve been by this site dozens of times and never noticed it, yet it is historic, made by a renown landscape designer/architect and built by a historic administration that put America back on its feet in the 1930′s. I am not telling, you’ll have to come to the meeting to find out.

I will present the plan for Our beautification of Bryant street with planters and flowers. I will bring two samples for you to see.

We will plan on continuing cleaning up the Union Project building’s landscape, we have done the Negley side now we will do the Stanton side on April 26th. Please mark your calendars.

I hope to see you at the meeting this Saturday. Please plan on planting a lot of Rudbeckias also called Black Eyed Susan in your front yards. it is the official Highland Park flower. the cultivar Fulgida is the best one to plant, beautiful and very hardy and healthy. – Elisabeth Larman

Dear Highland Park Neighbors:

As vice president of the Highland Park Community Council (HPCC), I’m emailing you today about membership. If you have not yet renewed for 2014, I urge you to do so. Your $25 annual membership allows us to champion the events and issues important to the Highland Park neighborhood throughout the year.

Joining is even easier now with our new online membership form. Signing up online allows you to receive the HPCC newsletter directly in your email inbox, without needing to sign up for the ListServ. Our new online form also gives you the option to donate more than the annual $25 membership fee, if you like. We have added the following membership categories:
• $50 Friend of Highland Park
• $100 Patron of Highland Park
• $250 Champion of Highland Park

The HPCC is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization run completely by volunteers and 100% of all membership fees and donations are used to support Highland Park. Membership runs from October to October.

The HPCC not only holds numerous free community events, we also provide a forum for your opinion to be heard on important topics.

Community Events
• House Tour
• Bryant Street Festival
• The Great Highland Park Yard Sale
• Cinema in the Park at Highland Park
• Fourth of July Bike Parade
• Reservoir of Jazz
• Halloween Parade

Topics Facing the Neighborhood in 2013-2014:
• District 7 Candidates Forum
• Heth’s Run Bridge Replacement
• Heth’s Run Park in the Lower Zoo Parking Area
• Heth’s Run / Natoli Field Improvements
• Leash Free Dog Park
• Parking Issues
• Liquor License Monitoring
• Zoning
• Public Safety
• Pedestrian Safety
• Local Public Schools
• Tree Plantings

Please support the HPCC in our efforts by renewing your membership or becoming a member today.

Visit our new online form to join/renew/donate today or visit for more information about the HPCC.

Dave Atkinson

Please join us for the HPCC March Meeting – Thursday, March 20th at 7PM at Union Project. Everyone is invited to attend.

Speakers will be:
Nancy Arnold – Stone Wall Restoration Project
Susan Rademacher, Parks Conservancy – Leash Free Dog Park –

This message is from Pittsburgh Planning:

“An RPPP meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at Fulton Elementary School 5799 Hampton Street at 6:30 p.m. Enter through the cafeteria door off N. St. Clair Street. At this meeting there will be a presentation on the operation of RPPP followed by a discussion on the program. We will then figure out whether to proceed and if so, on which streets. Your attendance is important.

If you have any questions, please contact me by phone at 412-393-0162 or email me at or my assistant Victoria Leung at For additional information on RPPP visit”;

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Annual Fulton K-5 School Tour June 3rd. Click to Register.

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