We want to alert the community that someone has been making harassing phone calls to people in the neighborhood, pretending to be with the HPCC or the Mayor’s Office. We want to assure everyone that this is the work of a prankster. The calls may look like they are coming from a phone number you recognize. This practice is called “spoofing.” Spoofing is when a caller deliberately falsifies the information transmitted to your caller ID display to disguise their identity. Spoofing is a federal crime. This activity has been reported to the local police and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for investigation. If you believe that you have been called by this person, please email the HPCC at HPCCPgh@gmail.com. You can also file a complaint with the Pittsburgh Police Department by calling 9-1-1.
As a reminder, do not provide any sort of personal information (e.g., email address, credit card number, social security number, voting information, etc.) to individuals that you don’t know over the phone. If the caller claims to be from a legitimate company or organization, hang up and call them back using a valid number found on their website or on your latest bill if you do business with them. For additional tips on protecting yourself from spoofing,visit https://www.fcc.gov/spoofed-robocalls.
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.
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!
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.