Bryant Street Parklet Kick-off Events, Oct 24 & 25

This past weekend the HPCC hosted two events to mark the “opening” of the new community greenspace on the corner of Bryant Street and N. Euclid Ave. This new parklet is the result of a unique agreement between the HPCC and the property owner, the Highland Park Community Development Corporation (HPCDC). On Saturday, approximately 30 volunteers came out for a Neighborhood Cleanup to beautify the space – amazing considering the cool, damp weather! 

Over the course of 2.5 hours, we disassembled and removed the old picnic tables; built four new picnic tables; dug out and pruned enough plant material to fill three dozen leaf and lawn bags (weeds, saplings, shrubs, stumps); dug out many large chunks of broken cement foundation; and pulled out other miscellaneous trash and debris. This hard work really transformed this underutilized space into a lovely resource for the neighborhood.

Special thanks to LaScola’s for providing coffee and cider for our volunteers, and to Grounded Strategies for providing the tools. Grounded is a community non-profit that works to improve the social, economic, and environmental health of communities by helping residents reclaim vacant and underutilized land; you can learn more about them here: (link:  https://groundedpgh.org/)  And of course, thank you so much to all of the volunteers who showed-up and pitched-in!
Check out photos from the clean-up and before and after photos of the space.

On Sunday, the parklet was transformed into a Pumpkins Patch!  

  

Upwards of 200 visitors came by and explored the parklet, chose pumpkins, enjoyed the decorations, and visited Shelob’s den (or was it Aragog’s?). The HPCC also distributed children’s Halloween craft packs and worksheets for drawing Super Playground redesign ideas. Pumpkins were free, but we did accept non-perishables for the Vintage Senior Center and donations for the HPCC. Pumpkins that remained at the end of the event were given to our Bryant Street (and adjacent) businesses. Check out Pumpkin Patch photos here.  Please note that everyone was great about wearing masks at both events; for the Pumpkin Patch photos, we allowed people to briefly remove their masks and share their beautiful smiles.

Special thanks to Bryant Street Market for co-sponsoring the event. And thank you to all the folks who generously gave to the Vintage Senior Center and the HPCC.  Contributions are the HPCC’s primary source of revenue to support endeavors such as the new parklet, and programming such as the Halloween craft packs. If you would like to join or provide a donation to the HPCC, you can use the links on our website. 

New Bryant Street Parklet – Community Green Space

The HPCC is proud to announce that as of this month, the empty lot at the corner of Bryant Street and N. Euclid Avenue next to Casa Basil will officially become a community space! The parklet represents a unique collaboration between the property owner, the Highland Park Community Development Corporation (HPCDC), and the HPCC. Not only will the parklet provide an attractive green space in our business district for community members to enjoy, it is also a way for us to support our local businesses by creating more outdoor seating options for customers and visitors to Bryant Street.

We have two events happening there this weekend – please come down!

Clean-up: Saturday, October 24, 11 am – 3 pm

We need your help removing trash, debris, overgrown shrubs, and the old broken picnic tables. We’ll be building new four wooden picnic tables, including one that is wheelchair accessible that will be located on a new compact gravel path. We’ll also be decorating the space for fall with mums, hay bales, and other seasonal decorations. Please visit Signup Genius and sign up to help or just drop by and lend a hand!

Fall Pumpkin Patch: Sunday, October 25, 11 am – 2 pm

Get ready for Halloween! Come and pick your own pumpkin (one per person while supplies last) and a baggie with materials and instructions for creating two Halloween crafts in the comfort of your home with your little trick-or-treaters! Pumpkins and craft kits are free, we just request a contribution to the HPCC or a donation of non-perishables for Vintage Senior Center, if possible. Special thanks to the Bryant Street Market for so-sponsoring this event!

REMINDER – Super Playground Redesign Community Workshop: Thursday Oct 15


The Super Playground is the large wooden playground on Reservoir Drive.  As many of you are aware, the playground was built by the community in 1991 and was designed to last 20 years. We’ve been able to extend its life a bit but it is now in need of a full replacement. The new playground will utilize the current playground’s footprint and will be designed and built with the same emphasis on creating a unique, creative playspace. The City, its designer Merritt Chase, and the HPCC are asking for your input through a public community design process this fall with actual construction starting next spring. We hope you will participate!
The first community input session is kicking off with a public survey (link below) followed by a virtual workshop at the next Highland Park Zoom Community Council meeting on October 15th at 7:00 p.m. See attached flier.

Fill out the Survey here: https://engage.pittsburghpa.gov/highland-park-super-playground There is also a place on this site for kids to upload drawings with their ideas for the playground design or for you to share your stories and photographs of the Super Playground.

The Community Workshop will be held over Zoom and requires registration. Pre-register for the October 15 workshop here:https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYofu2urjosG9cepz5L0Qzd_0bFdu3yD439

Highland Park Porch Concerts Lineup for 9/27

This is it: the final night of our four month, Summer Porch Concert series. If you enjoyed the music and the community, thank our musicians and visit HPCCPgh.org and join the HPCC! We plan to bring the concert series back next year; we have more safe, fun activities in the works for the fall and winter; and we will continue to work on and keep you informed about the issues of importance to the neighborhood – but we can’t do anything without membership support. Be a part of the organization that brings music and community to our neighborhood!

New this week!

The Olga Watkins Bandfrom 6:30-7:30

6362 Jackson St.

The Olga Watkins Band. We perform original blues, funk and soul. Www.olgawatkinsband.com 

Returning favorites:

Highland Park Mini Band

1112 N. Highland Ave.

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. 

Jonathan Callard & Friends

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. http://www.jonathancallard.com/blog

Funky Fly Project with Colonel Eagleburger’s High-Stepping Goodtime Band

This week at 1211  King Ave

The Funky Fly Project is a Jazz/Funk band featuring four talented young men who have all grown up in Pittsburgh’s East End.  Two are Highland Parkers and three of the boys got their start in music right here in the neighborhood at The Dilworth Traditional Academy.  The FFP have played music venues all over Pittsburgh and sometimes travel as far as Ohio, Chicago, and South Carolina

The Grubbs

1033 Portland St

The Grubbs are professional jazz musicians who comprise ⅔ of the Tania Grubbs Quintet.  https://taniagrubbs.com/  

The Flutopian Winds – PSO Trio

951 Wellesley Road

Come listen to PSO members Lorna McGhee and Jenny Steele, flutes, and David Sogg, bassoon playing baroque and classical chamber music. 

Uptown Quartet with special guest Tom Roberts 

830 N Euclid Ave.

Featuring Jon Bañuelos, Jeff Berman, and Carolina Loyola-Garcia performing Flamenco and Latin American music with special guest Tom Roberts and his Fonky New OrYinz piano:  special bday bash Libra edition!!

Glass Run Gals

This week at 6311 Jackson St.

This folk/americana duo that specializes in powerful vocal harmonies. Accompanied by guitar and mandolin, we re-imagine the work of some of America’s premier singer/songwriters.