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2009 Annual Park Place Picnic held

On a warm and sunny Sunday afternoon, June 7, 2009, local residents participated in the 22nd annual Park Place Picnic. Great music, food and activities were enjoyed by all.  Also joining the picnic this year were representatives Brenda Smith and Justin Hynicka from the Nine Mile Run Watershed Association, who answered questions about the watershed, and signed up people for the rain barrel program.

The picnic sponsors this year were:

  • Pittsburgh Citiparks
  • Greater Park Place Neighborhood Association
  • Howard’s Park Place Pub
  • Liz Swartz – Howard Hanna
  • Flyer Printing by Office Depot 

And of course, Mike The Balloon Guy, who arranged the many activities.

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Park Place Is Getting Greener

[nggallery id=7]On October 25th, Park Place received 14 new street trees as part of the TreeVitalize program that will plant 20,000 street trees in Pittsburgh by 2012.  More than 26 Park Place neighbors and friends came out on a rainy autumn Saturday afternoon to plant the trees and help green Park Place. In about four hours, these volunteers learned how to properly plant trees, take care of recently planted street trees, and successfully planted all the trees.

The GPPNA Street Tree Committee (Hyla Willis, Joni Rabinowitz, and Henry Schumacher) worked with Marijke Hecht, TreeVitalize Director at the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and the Friends of the Pittsburgh Urban Forest to apply for the program and organize the all-volunteer tree plantings.  Park Place is one of 20 neighborhoods participating in the TreeVitalize program to plant 900 trees throughout Pittsburgh this fall.

Street trees not only make the neighborhood look nice, but they provide a variety of tangible benefits for the neighborhood including: reducing home energy costs, providing habitat for birds and wildlife, increasing home prices, reducing storm run-off and river pollution, and providing cleaner air to breathe.  You can help restore Pittsburgh’s urban forest and improve the quality of life in Park Place by planting a tree on your property.

The GPPNA Street Tree Committee would like to thank the participating property owners for helping to green the neighborhood, all the volunteers who came out to help, Marijke Hecht at the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, the Friends of the Pittsburgh Urban Forest, the Pittsburgh department of public works for sidewalk cuts, State Representative Joseph Preston, TruValue for donating watering buckets, and the East End Co-op for providing snacks.

If you would like to learn more about the benefits of street trees, how to take care of street trees on your property, or want to help grow Pittsburgh’s urban forest, contact the Friends of the Pittsburgh Urban Forest (http://www.pittsburghforest.org/).  For more information about the TreeVitalize program, check out the website (http://www.treevitalize.net/index.aspx).  If you would like a street tree for your property during the Fall 2009 TreeVitalize planting, contact Henry Schumacher (hschumacher78@gmail.com, 412.657.8148) this winter.

Fall Park Place Clean-Up Event

[nggallery id=2]Park Place’s scheduled fall clean-up event is Saturday October 11th, 2008. From 9:00am-12:00 noon we will have a registration tent at the corner of Forbes and South Braddock in front of the Waverly Church, providing bags, gloves, safety vests, etc.

We have had chilling rain for nearly all our past events, and though the rains were braved by many, it still kept many others from participating.  We will be trying something slightly differently this fall.We will be asking participant to “pledge” a street, block, etc. And over the week-end, committ to picking up any trash in that area over the week-end when they can, and not just the hours durring which we hold the registration. Thay way, participants can still come get the free supplies, but they have the option of waiting for the better weather or time to complete their pledged area.

Peebles Square Open House

[nggallery id=4]Those wishing to get a chance to tour the work being done on the mission-style row homes near the corner of Penn and Peebles Avenue finally have their chance!

Open house hours are:

Sunday, 1/27/08 from 1-4 PM
Monday, 1/28/08 from 5-8 PM

Park Place Holiday Party, Thursday 12-6-07

[nggallery id=6]The Greater Park Place Neighborhood Association will be hosting a holiday party on Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Waverly Church social hall.

We will serve dinner and the party will run from 6 PM to 8:30 PM.

Homemade meat and vegetarian chili will be provided and others are encouraged to bring a dish to share. The theme is international. We ask neighborhood residents to bring their favorite ethnic holiday dish.