Mayor’s Civic Leadership Academy Applications are Open for Spring 2020

The Office of Community Affairs is pleased to announce we are now accepting applications for the Civic Leadership Academy Spring 2020 class. The Civic Leadership Academy is a free, 11-week course that encourages more informed community leadership by giving City residents an opportunity to learn about their local government. Classes are available for any resident living within City of Pittsburgh limits and to business owners who operate within the City of Pittsburgh. Dinner and free childcare is available at every session.

We want to be sure we continue to have participants from all nine districts and as many neighborhoods as possible. Once we have a finalized flier prepared, I will send along. In the mean time, please feel free to help get the word out on social media by sharing our post.

The deadline for applications is March 1st, 2020 and classes begin on March 25th, 2020. To apply, residents should visit

Port Authority Listening Tour

The Port Authority has begun a series of public meetings to allow the public to weigh in on its fare structure, a new branding program, consolidation of bus stops to improve service, and a 25-year plan to guide future service expansion.  You can read about it on the Port Authority website, as well as in the Post-Gazette, and check out the meeting schedule.

The closest meeting will be at the Kingsley Association next Wednesday, February 5, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

HPCC December Community Meeting, Thur 1/16, 7 pm

“Towers & Towers”

Hello Neighbors!  In addition to an update from Zone 5, we’ll be hearing from Sign Innovation, the firm responsible for to providing the signage and way finding package for the Highland House renovation, including an exterior Highland House Monument Sign.

The remainder of the evening will dedicated to meeting your neighbors:  there will be wine, snacks, and Jenga!  Hope to see you there.
7 pm
Thursday, January 16
St. Andrew’s Church
5801 Hampton St.

City of Pittsburgh Christmas Tree Recycling




City of Pittsburgh Expands Christmas

Tree Recycling Program

PITTSBURGH, PA (December 23, 2019)  The City of Pittsburgh is again expanding its Christmas Tree Recycling program this year by providing twelve drop-off locations for live trees from December 26 to January 26.

The program empowers residents to have their trees recycled rather than sent to a landfill, which happens when they are placed at the curb.

Last year, the city hosted ten drop-off sites and collected more than 21 tons of trees. This year, the Forestry Division and Bureau of Environmental Services within the Department of Public Works will collaborate to host twelve drop-off sites. The trees collected this winter will again be chipped into pine mulch and made available to the public for free this spring.

The tree recycling program dovetails with the city’s Climate Action Plan, which defines milestones toward zero waste goals.

The city’s Cable Channel created a brief public service announcement to remind residents that all ornaments, netting, tinsel and tree stands must be removed before the tree is dropped off: 

Residents may call 311 or visit the website here for more information. The website features a map to help residents find their most convenient drop-off location.

Three Department of Public Works sites are available year-round for yard debris (including tree) drop-off, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday through Saturday. They are:

3rd Division of Public Works
Melanchton Avenue off 5200 block of 2nd Avenue

Homewood West
2nd Division of Public Works
North Dallas Avenue at Hamilton Avenue

5th Division of Public Works
1330 Hassler Street off Herschel & Steuben streets (near Herschel Park)

The nine other drop-off locations will be open 24 hours a day from December 26, 2019-January 26, 2020. They are:

Baum Grove Parklet
400 Roup Avenue (off Fairmont Avenue)
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Sue Murray Swimming Pool Parking Lot
Corner of Cedar and Stockton Avenues (enter off Stockton)
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Brookline Recreation Center
1400 Oakridge Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15226

Brighton Heights  
Jack Stack Parking Lot
600 Brighton Woods Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Squirrel Hill South  
Prospect Drive Roundabout in Schenley Park
Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Highland Park 
Highland Park Volleyball Court Parking Lot (approximately 151 Lake Drive)
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Oakwood Park Ball Field at Noblestown Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15205

Southside Riverfront Park Lower Parking Lot
Pittsburgh, PA 15203

Middle Hill/ Terrace Village  
Kennard Park at Kirkpatrick and Reed Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213