Summer Porch Concerts – May 31

o you know how amazing your neighbors are?  Seven diverse performers have offered to put on shows from their porches for all of us this Sunday night (May 31) from 7 – 8 pm.  Thank you performers!  Stroll or bike around the neighborhood to enjoy and applaud with enthusiasm!  The list of performers with a description and their address is below and a map is attached.  See you out there!
P.S. We’ll be promoting Sunday night porch concerts each week and will post an updated list of performers each weekend. If you’re interested in performing, send an email to the HPCC at with your name, description, and address.

Summer Porch Concerts – May 31

Jonathan Callard

5811 Stanton Ave.

Jonathan is a professionally-trained vocalist who’ll be playing acoustic guitar & singing an eclectic mix from folk, pop, gospel, and other genres.

The Highland Park Mini Band 

1112 N. Highland Ave.

Artists:  Deb and Jim Bogen + family

The Bogen family will be singing and performing eclectic music from traditional folk and gospel, to a real mix of band members’ favorites like Gillian Welch, Bob Dylan, and Lyle Lovett. They will be playing uke, banjo, bass, and guitar. 

Christopher Shipton

5822 Bryant Street

Christopher will perform ambient experimental music using modular synthesizers.

Tania and Jeff Grubbs

1033 Portland St.

The Grubbs are professional jazz musicians who comprise ⅔ of the Tania Grubbs Quintet.

Tami Fire 

822 N. St. Clair St.

Tami will be playing kids songs and folk songs on guitar. 

Roger Romero

Bryant Street across from Smiling Banana Leaf

Roger Romero is a professional musician, artist, composer and educator who will be performing on saxophone.

Trevor Ring

913 Heths Ave. 

Trevor is an electric bassist and an acoustic guitarist playing progressive experimental jazz funk music. He is a member of Merz, Miller and the Wolves but will perform solo, likely acoustic guitar.  

Highland Park Porch Concerts beginning May 31!

Highland Park Porch Concerts are here! Each Sunday from 7 – 8 pm, neighborhood musicians and other entertainers are invited to perform on their porches for their neighbors & passersby. Our goal is for there to be multiple performances going on each Sunday. We’ll post a list of all performers & their addresses each week on the HPCC Facebook pages and list serv. If you’re interested in performing, post a message on the HP Helping Hands Facebook page or send an email to with your first name/band name, address, short description of your performance, and the week/s that you plan on performing. Audience members, please respect social distancing guidelines and cheer loudly!

The first porch concerts will be Sunday, May 31. We have one artist signed up so far: Jonathan at 5811 Stanton Ave. Jonathan is a professionally-trained vocalist who’ll be playing acoustic guitar & singing an eclectic mix from folk, pop, gospel, and other genres.

Sidewalk Chalk-a-Palooza is coming next weekend!

Highland Parkers are invited to decorate their sidewalks and street fronts. Everyone is invited to wander our lovely neighborhood to enjoy each other’s art. If you need chalk, a limited number of packs will be available on a first come, first served basis Fri & Sat May 29 & 30 at 1315 N. Sheridan Ave and 5811 Stanton Ave. Please send pics of your favorite chalk art to

Register for the Online HPCC May Meeting

Our April Zoom meeting was a big success, and since we are still under Stay-at-Home orders, we are going to do it again. Please register online using the following link. You will get an email with the actual meeting link.  Looking forward to ‘seeing’ everyone!


  • Update from Zone 5
  • Update from PWSA – Reservoir Restoration Project

What: May HPCC Community Meeting

When: May 21, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

You MUST Register in advance for this meeting by clicking this link.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Note: You may also receive an invitation via the Highland Park ListServ.  Please only register once.

Timothy McNulty
Communications Director
Mayor’s Office

City Announces Changes to Summer

Activities During COVID-19 Pandemic

PITTSBURGH, PA (May 15, 2020) As the City of Pittsburgh enters a phased reopening today under the guidance of Governor Tom Wolf, the City is announcing how summertime activities will be impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

While many activities will be allowed, others will be canceled or postponed. All decisions follow federal and state guidelines.

“Pittsburgh residents have done a great job during these trying times staying safe and looking out for each other. The data shows the battle against this pandemic is far from over, however, and we must keep social distancing and other measures in place to win this fight, even when we’re enjoying the outdoors,” Mayor William Peduto said.

The following is a list of permitted and non-permitted activities, with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines attached when relevant.

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)

(City crews are working to reopen facilities starting today and into next week.)

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.

Final decisions on other activities and facilities have not yet been made. These include:

  • Recreation centers
  • Senior Healthy Active Living centers
  • Block party permits
  • Mellon Tennis Bubble
  • Bocci
  • Art Cart
  • Water fountains and water features
  • Park restrooms
  • Organized group sports including deck hockey, soccer, baseball and basketball (CDC)

Decisions on closures and allowed activities may be revisited as pandemic circumstances and federal and state guidelines change.

The City Department of Mobility and Infrastructure (DOMI) has established a task force to study methods of using some streets and sidewalks to allow for safe recreation and business activity. Its recommendations will be issued soon. In the meantime plans are underway to close some streets in City parks to vehicular traffic. No timetables are yet set, but plans are for the following closures:

  • Sheraden Park: Adon Street
  • West End Park: West End Park Drive at Weaver and Herschel
  • Highland Park: Reservoir Drive; Farmhouse Drive at Jackson Street/Connecting Road/Heberton/Grafton (These will be partial closures to allow for Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority access to facilities.)

Drive-in movies organized by the Special Events office will begin June 13. More information will be released later.

Farmer’s Markets will begin June 3 in Carrick and begin in other neighborhoods thereafter. Social distancing and safe purchasing requirements will be in place. The schedule is:

  • Wednesdays: Carrick Dairy District, starting June 3, from 3-7 p.m.
  • Sundays: Squirrel Hill, Beacon/Bartlett parking lot, starting June 7, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.
  • Fridays: North Side, Allegheny Commons Park, starting June 12, from 3-7 p.m.
  • Mondays: East Liberty, N. Euclid Avenue and Broad Street, starting June 15, from 3-7 p.m.

City Summer Activities Announcement