HPCC October Virtual Community Meeting – Thursday, 10/21 at 7pm

This month’s HPCC Zoom Community Meeting will feature the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) providing updates on upcoming projects in Highland Park that are part of the larger Water Reliability Plan and sharing information about our growing stormwater program, which includes information about the pending stormwater fee.

Register in advance for this meeting here:

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

We look forward to seeing you! 

Your kids are invited to help design hidden mosaics in the new Super (Duper!) Playground

The Highland Park Community Council is working with the Pittsburgh Glass Center to create Hidden Mosaics nestled on rocks and wooden features around the new Highland Park playground. These will be inspired by ideas from kids and turned into mosaic designs by Pittsburgh Glass Center artists.

To submit an idea, please check out the guidelines and submission form on the City of Pittsburgh’s web page about the new playground.

The mosaics will be about 5″ x 5″. Submitted ideas don’t have to be drawn like a mosaic — the talented artists at the Pittsburgh Glass Center will turn the chosen designs into mosaics. The deadline for submissions is Nov. 15.

Tune in Monday to the Mayoral Debate

The HPCC is a sponsor of the upcoming Hybrid Mayoral Debate, organized by Casa San Jose and happening on Monday, Oct. 11. The debate will be facilitated by William Reeves, community policy organizer of Casa San Jose, and will feature two candidates running for mayor of Pittsburgh: Representative Ed Gainey and Tony Moreno. The event will cover three main issues: housing, environmental, and economic justice. 

The debate will be live-streamed on Casa San Jose and Thunderbird Café and Music Hall’s Facebook pages here: https://www.facebook.com/casasanjosepgh/ and https://www.facebook.com/ThunderbirdMusicHall 

This live event will be presented and recorded in English with simultaneous interpretation in Spanish. 

An introduction to our new newsletter

By Stephanie Walsh

This month the HPCC is proud to introduce a new electronic format for our monthly newsletter. You can view this month’s full newsletter online. This format, plus our new blog, will enable us to provide information in a way that’s timely and easy to access.

What’s new?

  • Events, news, and other info will be posted in real time on the new HPCC blog. Click here to subscribe to blog posts.
  • Each month, blog posts and additional content will be assembled into a single electronic newsletter that will be sent to subscribers and the listserv.
  • HPCC members will begin receiving the newsletter immediately. Anyone else can subscribe here.
  • HPCC postings will be searchable.
  • A new events calendar in the newsletter and on our website will make it easier to keep track of what’s happening: Click here to visit the HPCC events calendar.
  • Over the upcoming months, we’ll be looking for people to contribute to the newsletter. Potential topics include (but aren’t limited to!) Highland Park history, updates from our community’s schools, and local events. Interested? Reach out to hpcceditor@gmail.com.

What can you still rely on?

  • The HPCC will provide updates on important happenings in the city and our neighborhood on the listserv and our website.
  • A printed copy of the newsletter will continue to be sent out to community members once a year.

All of the HPCC’s work is made possible by volunteers.

“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.” – Elizabeth Andrew

Please give thanks to some of our volunteers who have given their hearts to supporting our community –

  • Nancy Gohring, new newsletter editor, and Kathleen Paola, new website administrator, for all their work to make HPCC’s communications even more timely and accessible;
  • Monica Watt, outgoing HPCC newsletter editor & former President, whose hard work provided us with (among many other things) gorgeous newsletters for over a decade; and
  • Jake Pawlak, former HPCC website administrator & President, who continues his involvement and is responsible for making the Highland Park Yard Sale a success.

Many thanks to you all!

Onward and upward – – Stephanie Walsh, President HPCC

Update on the Super “Duper” Playground Project

September 27th, 2021 Update:

The final renderings of the new Super Playground design have been released!  Click here to view:  https://engage.pittsburghpa.gov/highland-park-super-playground


The Highland Park Super Playground renovation project is still underway. The plans for the new playground went before the City’s Art Commission this summer and have been approved with some minor modifications. The City is currently finalizing the construction drawings for the playground design. Updated images of the final designs will be posted on the City’s Engage site soon.

The latest schedule for the playground construction has the current playground remaining open through the fall, with ground breaking on the new construction (and closure of the current playground) likely to begin near the end of the year. Construction will continue through spring 2022.

While the playground is closed, there will be opportunities for the community to participate in the input and creation of mosaic pieces to be installed at the playground. HPCC is working with the Pittsburgh Glass Center on these community art elements. Stay tuned for more information this fall!