A celebratory groundbreaking on Wednesday, November 17 marked the official start of two major and long-awaited Highland Park projects: the new Super Playground and the restoration of the nearby historic pedestrian tunnel. Rosanne Kolbe and Marsha Levine, two Highland Park moms who led the effort to originally build the playground in 1991, were on hand to mark this special occasion. Their efforts to raise funds and organize community members to build the playground helped spark a citywide program to rehabilitate all of its playgrounds. Thirty years later, the rebuild of the Highland Park Super Playground marks the beginning of another citywide effort to rehab and invest in new playgrounds with a new focus on equity.
Also on hand for the groundbreaking were Mayor Bill Peduto; Public Works Acting Director Chris Hornstein; Senior Project Landscape Architect Andrea Ketzel; and HPCC Super Playground Committee Members Sabrina Culyba, Mac Lynch, and Monica Watt (committee member Betsy Rogerson was unable to attend). Thank you to the Public Works and HPCC committee members for their hard work engaging the community and keeping this important project on track!
Please note that this event will not mark the closure of the playground. It will remain open through early 2022, until construction is ready to begin, to minimize the downtime of the popular park amenity. The estimated reopen date is Memorial Day, 2022. The HPCC plans to hold a community celebration at the playground before it closes for construction. Look for more information about the event in early 2022. Continue to watch for project updates on the city’s website.
The HPCC’s 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive was an outstanding success! When the seniors served by Vintage Senior Center in East Liberty receive their Thanksgiving turkeys this week, they will also receive bags of trimmings care of our community. Thanks to your contributions, the HPCC was able to provide 100 bags of trimmings, each containing cranberry sauce, stuffing mix, cornbread mix, turkey gravy, and canned yams. Additionally, since cash donations exceeded what was needed to fill the bags, we were also able to provide Vintage a donation of $100 to use for its programming. Thank you to everyone who contributed for your generosity!
Please join us on November 18 for the monthly HPCC Community meeting. The PWSA (Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority) will be back – this time to share information and answer questions about our growing stormwater program, which includes information about the pending stormwater fee.
We will also have our regular update from the Zone 5 Police Department and updates from the HPCC on recent and upcoming events.
What: November HPCC Community Meeting
When: November 18, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Register: 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 our membership management system. Please only register once.
Schedule: 3:00 – Riverview 3:20 – Break 3:30 – Highland – Marlana Adele Vassar and Ryan Swanson of Urban Conga will each present for 10 minutes followed by a 10 minute Q&A 4:10 – Break 4:20 – Emerald View