One of the things Highland Park residents love about this neighborhood is its vibrant and warm community. The HPCC enjoys serving the community and it’s particularly rewarding for board members when we can bring folks together for events. Unfortunately because of the need for social distancing due to the Covid pandemic and related restrictions on the size of gatherings, the following events have been cancelled:
- Spring Fling
- Yard Sale
- Bryant Street Festival
- Garden Tour (organized by the Garden Club & sponsored by the HPCC)
Please note that the May HPCC newsletter which will be arriving in your mailboxes soon features the Garden Tour. We had expected that that event would still be possible when we went to print, but unfortunately it too has to be cancelled. Community meetings will be held on Zoom until further notice; look for more information on May’s meeting soon. We are planning events that allow for social distancing, such as Sidewalk Chalk-a-Palooza – – now we just need the warm weather! We have not yet heard from the City its plans for the events it brings to the park in the summer: the Reservoir of Jazz and Cinema in the Park. We will let you know when they make an announcement.
Thank you so much to the 40+ people who attended our first-ever Zoom Community Meeting last night! The photo shows just a portion of the folks in attendance. We got an update from Zone 5’s Commander Vinansky, and heard about proposed street improvements on N. Euclid from the City Department of Mobility & Infrastructure and Healthy Rides.
The city is proposing making N. Euclid from Bunker Hill to Station Street a “Neighborway” to better connect Highland Park to East Liberty and Shadyside. The proposal includes traffic calming measures such as traffic circles to make it safer to walk, ride bikes, and for kids to play. There should be minimal impact on parking and bike lanes will not be added. In the upcoming weeks, temporary roundabouts will be installed at various N. Euclid intersections as a way to test their efficacy and their impact on the neighborhood. We will host DOMI again in a few months so that the community can provide feedback. You can learn more about the project here, and complete the community interest survey here.
The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy has published the tips and guidelines listed below for using our parks safely while social distancing. Also see the attached flyer and/or visit the PPC Covid Info Site. Please be sure to maintain 6′ of distance between yourself and others and remember that playgrounds, pavilions, tennis courts, and other similar facilities are all closed.
Here are the main points around being safe in parks during COVID:
- wash your hands before and after a park visit
- maintain physical distance (at least 6 ft. apart)
- avoid surfaces (benches, handrails, pavilions, picnic tables)
- playgrounds are closed.
- sports fields are closed. no contact sports are allowed. (basketball hoops have been removed. tennis/pickleball courts are closed).
- masks recommended
- if you have any symptoms – please stay home!
The HPCC April 2020 newsletter is now available!
IN THIS ISSUE:
- A Letter from the President
- The Primaries, Rescheduled
- The Urban Gardener
- Recycle This While Sheltering at Home
- Springtime in Highland Park in Pictures
- Around St. Andrew’s