HPCC September Community Meeting Minutes

Sept 16th, 2021 – Zoom

31 Participants in attendance.


Organizational Updates – Stephanie Walsh

  • A warm thank you to Rob Collins at the Bryant Street Market for generously paying for the Bryant Street Parklet lease.
  • Two upcoming Parklet activities:
    • Second Annual clean up on Saturday, October 16.
    • Second Annual Pumpkin Patch Event on Sunday, October 17.
    • Make sure to mark your calendars!

New Newsletter Format:

  • Monica Watt, the former editor, has stepped down after many years of outstanding work. Thank you, Monica!
  • Our new editor, Nancy Gohring, will launch an exciting new format that includes:
    • HPCC blog that people can subscribe to for real-time announcements and updates. 
    • Each monthly, blog posts and additional content will be assembled into a single electronic newsletter that will be sent to subscribers and the listserv.
    • A printed copy of the newsletter will continue to be sent out to community members once a year. 
    • Stay tuned!

Arts in the Park: 

The 2021 Highland Park Yard Sale is tomorrow!

The HPCC annual multi-family Yard Sale is back and will kick off at 9 a.m. tomorrow, Sunday, September 19th!

This annual event attracts hundreds of visitors to Highland park and is a great way to find a new home for your unused treasures. Nearly 100 neighbors are participating, and there will be fantastic items available in every corner of the neighborhood.

2021 Yard Sale Guide (pdf format): 2021_Guide.pdf

2021 Yard Sale Searchable Map: bit.ly/hpyardsale2021

Meet the Artists!

Meet the Artists!
HPCC Community Meeting Sept 16 & Park Activity Sept 18

On Thursday, September 16, at 7 pm on Zoom, the HPCC Community Meeting will feature “Arts in the Park” artists:

  • Marlana Adele Vassar:   Marlana Adele Vassar is a Pittsburgh artist exploring ways to share her art that will enhance the City. She has 15 years of experience across a variety of mediums and her current focus is on creating distinctive public art with a balance of style and substance. Her artistic philosophy is “art is everywhere, and the ordinary has the potential to be extraordinary.”  Marlana’s website is here: https://marlana.me/ and you can provide her feedback here:  https://engage.pittsburghpa.gov/art-parks/marlana-adele-vassar
  • The Urban Conga:   The Urban Conga is a multidisciplinary design studio based in Brooklyn, NY. They are made up of a diverse group of creatives focused on sparking community activity and social interaction through open-ended play. They achieve this by putting the community first in the design process by hosting a series of participatory design workshops to develop multiple concepts for the artwork. The workshops arwill be focused on sparking a playful dialog around the past, present, and future of Highland Park. They will be starting this dialog at the next council meeting on Sept 16th and will be hosting a workshop at the park on Sept 18th (details coming soon). The Urban Conga’s website is here:  http://www.theurbanconga.com/ and you can provide them feedback here: https://engage.pittsburghpa.gov/art-parks/urban-conga

You MUST Register in advance for this meeting by clicking this link.

On  Saturday, Sept 18th from 11 am-4 pm, The Urban Conga will also be hosting a participatory workshop on-site to the left of the Highland Park Entry Garden. This will be an opportunity for people to stop in and share with us their thoughts about the past, present, and future of the park and community. Also, if anyone can’t make it that day they can also leave feedback digitally to help with the process here: https://engage.pittsburghpa.gov/art-parks/urban-conga and the city is also in the process of making a Facebook event page as well that they will be sharing out.