HPCC September 2020 Newsletter

The HPCC September 2020 newsletter is now available!


  • A Letter from the President
  • Thank You Summer Porch Concert Performers
  • HPCC August Meeting Minutes
  • 2020 Elections
  • City Comprehensive Planning Process Launched
  • Super Playground Update – A Treasured Playspace is Ready for Its Second Chapter
  • Bringing Plants Indoors for Winter
  • Recycle This: Composting in Highland Park
  • Around St. Andrew’s
  • Support Highland Park Businesses

Super Playground Redesign – Community Workshop

HPCC Members, Friends and Neighbors,

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

Thank you for working with us to help create another wonderful space for children!

HPCC Playground Committee

Highland Park Porch Concerts Lineup for 9/20

Tonight are the penultimate Summer Porch Concerts. We have five amazing performances lined up – – please thank our musicians for sharing their time and talent with the neighborhood! And as always, please wear masks and stay at least 6 feet from people not from your household so that everyone can enjoy the music safely and comfortably.

Renata and Friends

6311 Jackson St.

Renata Nelson (mandolin and guitar of Glass Run Gals) will be performing with Henry Gonzalez (guitar) and Paul Nelson (violin) to play some classics from a variety of genres.

Brazilian Jazz Duo

6536 Jackson St

This duo includes Lilly Abreu (vocal) and Eric Susoeff (guitar). Lilly is from Rio de Janeiro and have been living in Highland Park since 2014. She teaches Voice at Carnegie Mellon and sings with the Pittsburgh Opera. She will be performing some of the gems of Brazilian and Latin Jazz, in Portuguese and Spanish, with Eric Susoeff on guitar. They will also be live streaming their performance on Facebook: https://fb.me/e/2LcKPvAGC?ti=ia

The Grubbs with special guest guitarist Teddy Pantelas

1033 Portland St

The Grubbs are professional jazz musicians who comprise ⅔ of the Tania Grubbs Quintet. https://taniagrubbs.com/ This week they will be joined by special guest guitarist Teddy Pantelas.

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

The Funky Fly Project joined by Colonel Eagleburgre’s Highstepping Goodtime Band

5718 Callowhill St

The Funky Fly Project is a Jazz/Funk band featuring four talented young men who have all grown up in Pittsburgh’s East End. This week they are joined by Colonel Eagleburgre’s Highstepping Goodtime Band, ragtag avant garde marching band that rocks!

DOMI Announces Neighborways Summit

The Department of Mobility and Infrastructure (DOMI) is hosting a Neighborways Summit on September 30th, 2020 at 6pm to introduce its MoveForwardPGH rapid implementation program and to update the community on DOMI’s new traffic calming tool, the Neighborway. Through the use of traffic calming measures, Neighborways improve connections to existing bike routes, create safer environments for bicyclists and pedestrians, reduce vehicle collisions and speeding, and have minimal impact on parking. 

This meeting will introduce the community to: the MoveForwardPGH program, explain what a Neighborway is and what traffic calming infrastructure it can include, why Neighborways are selected for certain streets, and updates about ADA modifications being included in Neighborway designs.  

Included in this email is a PDF fact sheet about the Neighborway Program. Please share it and the meeting link with any residents interested in attending this meeting. 

Also, to learn more about the current Neighborway projects that have been proposed for Pittsburgh, please visit https://moveforwardpgh.org/projects/ or click on the individual project links below:

You can register for the Neighborways Summit here on Zoom:

HPCC September Community Meeting: Registration info

Apologies for the late notice!  The September Community Meeting will be virtual. Please join us on Zoom.  Please register online using the following link. You will get an email with the actual meeting link.  Looking forward to ‘seeing’ everyone!


  1. Zone 5 Update
  2. Miscellaneous City Projects Updates (Reservoir Drive, N. Euclid Neighborway, East Liberty Bike Lanes)
  3. Garbage Olympics
  4. Super Duper Playground Project Update
  5. Membership Committee Update 
  6. Brainstorm with community about ideas for social events this fall (Halloween, Thanksgiving, other)

What: September HPCC Community Meeting  

When: September 17, 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.