June 2020: At the June 18, 2020 HPCC Community Zoom Meeting, the Director of the Department of Infrastructure and Development, Karina Risk, was on hand to answer questions about this project. Hillary Roman, ADA Coordinator with the City Planning Office, was also in attendance and answered some questions. A summary from the meeting minutes is below:
- This project was identified as temporary.
- This project started out as a pilot at the “height” of the pandemic in response to comments/suggestions from the greater Pittsburgh community as seen in other cities where streets were being closed due to social distancing needs,
- The City and Park Conversancy piloted the closure on two weekends.
- The City originally thought all barriers/closures would be down/opened by the end of August, 2020.
- They are now unsure as to the end date.
- When pressed for a date on a decision from the City, Ms, Ricks stated that the earliest date for them to reach a decision on an outcome would be one to two weeks in the future.
- Response to ADA parking accommodation/parking issues from Ms. Roman:
- The question remains “Do we keep it the way it is or go back to the original layout? That has not yet been decided”
- Additional ADA parking could possibly be designated at the Park entrance.
- Signage is needed to help adjustment to new traffic patterns in the Park. This is an immediate need.
- Ms. Ricks invites all comments to be sent to: email@example.com
May 2020: At the May 21, 2020 HPCC Community Zoom Meeting, the HPCC went through a list of summer activities and closures that had been announced by the city in response to Covid-19. One item mentioned was a proposal to close some roads in Highland Park that was still in the development stage.