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Annual Meeting and Board Elections

Please join us at our annual meeting and for board elections on Thursday September 18, 2014 at 7:00pm at Waverly Church on the corner of Forbes and Braddock.

Costumes in Crosswalks

Should I wear this costume?

Should I wear this costume?

Braddock Avenue is notoriously difficult to cross as a pedestrian. With no stop signs or traffic lights for almost a half a mile between Forbes and Penn Avenues, traffic often exceeds the 25 mph speed limit. Park Place residents often say that they love living here because of Frick Park – but most of us have to cross Braddock Avenue to get there. We also have two schools on that stretch of road. A few months ago, I walked up the street with fellow board member Greg Barnhisel and we took notes of all the problems…lack of yellow paint or signs to indicate no parking, paint wearing down on crosswalks in the street, and lack of signage to indicate a crossing were just some of the problems we noted. We think two big things need to happen. First, the City of Pittsburgh needs to repaint and fix signs. Second, drivers need to become more aware that Braddock Avenue is very much a multimodal roadway, and to be on the lookout for pedestrians on cyclists.

With that in mind, we want to invite you to come out on Friday October 25, 2013 for our Costumes in Crosswalks event.

How it works:
1. Sign up to sponsor a crosswalk. (Sign up online here, or at the Freys, 121 South Braddock – clipboard is on the porch.)
2. Invite your neighbors to join you (the more the merrier!)
3. Make a sign or get a costume. (Signs could say things like: “Kids live here.” “I walk my dog here.” “This is the safest place for me to cross into Frick Park.” “Slow down!” Etc.)
4. Show up at your crosswalk on Friday October 25 between the hours of 4 and 6, and cross back and forth for as long as you are able to stay. (Be safe and legal. Wait until a car yields to you. Don’t block traffic.)
5. At 6:15, we’ll stage a mass crossing at Penn and Braddock and then gather at the Freys for cider and pizza.

This will be a great way to draw the City’s attention to our poorly painted crosswalks! It’s also a fun way to remind the many people who pass through our neighborhood daily that pedestrians are often looking to cross the street, and have a really hard time doing it safely. I hope to see you there, neighbors!

Safer Streets in Park Place

Aerial photo of Park PlaceOn Monday September 23, 2013, GPPNA will hold our annual meeting. The topic this year is an important one…improving traffic safety in our neighborhood. Most residents can tell a story of just barely making it across South Braddock Avenue while walking their dog, or nearly getting rear-ended for yielding to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. I myself have been rear-ended twice as I turned into my driveway. One of the biggest draws of Park Place is the proximity of Frick Park…but when crossing the street is so risky, the park can seem very far away.

The good news is, we can make a difference. At the annual meeting, we’ll hear from representatives of the Polish Hill Civic Association, who have been creatively lobbying for safer streets, and Park Place’s own Ken Doyno, an accomplished urban planner whose work is “focused on aligning people and purposes to create places that connect and serve.”

Our annual report will bring you up to speed on what’s been done so far by GPPNA, and we’ll reveal our new traffic-calming initiative that will show immediate results…that is if you’ll pledge to take part in it!

And that’s not all, because this is Park Place, there will be homemade cookies! Apple cider! A public safety update from our new Community Relation Officer from the Pittsburgh Police Department! Board elections! There are so many excellent reasons to attend the annual meeting…don’t miss it!

Annual Meeting Details:

  • Monday September 23, 2013
  • 7:00pm to 8:30pm
  • Waverly Church Social Hall, corner of Forbes and Braddock
  • Light Refreshments
  • Opportunity to renew your $10 GPPNA membership with cash or check
  • You needn’t be a member to attend – all are welcome

Park Place Spring Clean Up

Spring is in the air! Help clean up Park Place! Let’s get the litter off our sidewalks and out of our yards! Pledge to clean up a block or two of our neighborhood and do the clean-up anytime during the weekend.

Park Place will hold our Spring “Redd up” on Saturday & Sunday April 20-21. As in previous years, we ask that you stop by our table at the ECS Lower School (309 South Braddock Ave, btwn Waverly & Brashear) on Saturday morning between 9:00AM – 12:00 Noon  to pick up supplies, and sign up to clean a particular block or two at some time over the weekend.

7th Annual Holiday Party Potluck

Save the Date! Mon., Dec. 9. 2013 – 6:30 – 8:30PM

The Greater Park Place Neighborhood Association invites you to celebrate the holiday season with your friends and neighbors at our 7th Annual Holiday Party Potluck on Monday, December 9th, from 6:30 – 8:30PM in the Social Hall of the Waverly Presbyterian Church on the corner of Forbes and S. Braddock Avenues.

The GPPNA Board provides plates, napkins, plasticware, and beverages (we bring food too). We ask those who are willing and able to bring a dish or dessert to share with everyone (but please come even if you don’t have time to make something!).  In addition to sharing a meal together, we also use this event to share our collective bounty with the greater community. Attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items (no glass containers) or cash/check donations for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

We hope you and your family will join us for this treasured holiday tradition!

More details will be forthcoming.