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Discussion on the Allegheny Commons Master Plan 2018 Update

Submitted by Tim Zinn

The Housing and Planning Committee has identified several areas of concern in the 2018 Allegheny Commons Master Plan. Although this topic has been discussed at past general membership meetings, the committee would like to revisit these concerns at the October 9th meeting in order to form a consensus opinion for submission to the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy. The committee has identified the following concerns with the current master planning document:

West Commons and the Grove

  • The introduction of a “water feature” in the historic location of the West Commons fountain — we continue to advocate that the original fountain be restored. We will not support a wet play area, splash pool, or bog area.
  • Family sized shelter to be constructed in place of center tennis court.
  • Expansion of the play area–we agree that the existing play area is in need of drainage improvements.
  • Introduction of meadow plantings that will diminish the lawn feature of the park, which has been, since its inception, an important character-defining feature of the commons.

North West Commons and Lake Elizabeth

  • Additions of plantings inside the border of Lake Elizabeth
  • Lowering of water level of Lake Elizabeth
  • Storm water management of street water runoff discharging into the park including into Lake Elizabeth.
  • Construction of new Lake Elizabeth pavilion at the south corner of the lake with amenities such as a cafe. There should be no destination restaurants in the park. If a pavilion is to be constructed, it should be in the historic location of the Lake Elizabeth boathouse, which was between Lake Elizabeth and the Aviary, and should be a faithful reconstruction of that building.

Big News for Allegheny Commons

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy has been awarded a Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grant for $1 million dollars by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development for the Allegheny Commons Park Fountain & Infrastructure Project Phase I. The funds will be used to help defray construction costs related to the Northeast Fountain and Promenade renovation project in Allegheny Commons Park that is currently underway.

The Northeast Fountain and Promenade Project is a neighborhood revitalization and public park improvement project that includes construction to add infrastructure to 1,000 feet of public green space in Allegheny Commons Park. The project will complete the next phase of the Allegheny Commons Master Plan (2002) and is consistent with the updated Action Plan (2017). The project site spans from the northeastern section of Allegheny Commons Park at Cedar Avenue along North Avenue. The project includes improved lighting and walkways, and other park site furnishings. The project is currently in progress with recreating an historic fountain at the intersection of North Avenue and Cedar Avenue that includes trees, plants and an infiltration bed that will aid in storm water management and site amenities.

The Northeast Fountain project will bring new energy to Pittsburgh’s oldest park. The new fountain will mirror its original 19th century design and will include a 50-foot circular basin, a one-foot rim of heavy cut stone, a large Grecian urn in the center, a tall central jet with smaller jets. The Northeast Fountain project, designed by Pashek+MTR, is under construction and scheduled for completion late fall 2018 with a grand reopening celebration being scheduled for spring 2019. The North Promenade project is in final design with construction scheduled to begin in spring 2019.

This project is a collaboration of the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Allegheny Commons Initiative, Northside Leadership Conference and City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works. The Allegheny Commons Northeast Fountain and Promenade project is a public park improvement project that has been supported by many elected officials, community partners and dedicated community members, including Allegheny Commons Campaign Co-Chairs Patricia Rooney and Jeremy Leventhal.

Jayne Miller, CPRP
President & CEO
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Take Action – and Support Allegheny Commons

Hello Allegheny Commons Stakeholders!

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy has submitted another grant request to the VERY COMPETETIVE Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) state grant program requesting additional funding for the fountain, the North Avenue Promenade (repaving the pathways and lights) and storm water management.

Last year, over 1,100 people submitted comments in support of our request for Allegheny Commons and we are back again looking for the same support! The public comment period is open until Sunday, April 8th. We are asking folks to sign on in support of our grant request.

Please take 30 seconds to sign on and support this grant request here.

Please also share with your friends, neighbors, and contacts and ask them to support this as well! Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks for your time,

Erin Tobin
Community Outreach Coordinator

Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

Passive Train Control Cabinets in Allegheny Commons

Hello,

As many of you may have noticed, Norfolk Southern has been working in Allegheny Commons near the Soldier’s Monument installing some cabinets. Please see some of the images attached (credit Jerry Green) and read the following information I received from Norfolk Southern regarding the work:

Train Box Install
In 2008, following an incident in California between a commuter train and a freight train in which 25 people lost their lives, the U.S. Congress passed the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008, which called for the development and implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC). The purpose of PTC is to prevent train-to-train collisions, overspeed derailments, unauthorized incursions by trains into sections of track where maintenance is being performed, and the movement of a train through a main line switch left in the wrong position. PTC is generally required to be installed on main lines that are used to transport passengers or toxic-by-inhalation (TIH) materials by December 31, 2018, and to be fully implemented by December 31, 2020. Interestingly, when the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 was passed, PTC technology did not exist, and over the past nearly ten years NS has spent $1.4 billion to develop, construct and implement PTC on 40 percent of its 20,000 mile network, including the rail lines through Allegheny Commons, which carry both TIH material and Amtrak passengers. The work within Allegheny Commons includes the installation of two aluminum signal cabinets in the vicinity of the former pedestrian bridge. Ultimately, these two cabinets will be relocated as part of the replacement of the pedestrian bridge, which is being funded by Norfolk Southern and PennDOT. Additionally, the large signal bridge and cases adjacent to North Avenue/Brighton Road will be removed.

Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you and happy holidays all!

Erin Tobin
Community Outreach Coordinator

Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

Join Us for the Second Allegheny Commons Action Plan Workshop

Allegheny Commons Master Plan
The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy is excited to work alongside our partners at the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny Commons Initiative, Northside Leadership Conference and the greater community to renew Allegheny Commons Park. Join us in developing the action plan for this historic park at an upcoming community workshop:

Allegheny Commons Action Plan Workshop

Thursday, October 5th
6:00 – 8:00 pm
New Hazlett Theater

Click here for details and registration. Can’t make it to the meeting? Give your input through this online survey.

Thanks for being a friend of the parks,

Erin Tobin
Community Outreach Coordinator

Be A Part Of The Allegheny Commons Master Plan

Allegheny Commons Master Plan

Help Develop The Allegheny Commons Master Plan

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy is excited to work alongside our partners at the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny Commons Initiative, Northside Leadership Conference and the greater community to renew Allegheny Commons Park.

Please join your fellow park users at a series of community workshops to develop the action plan we need for implementing the master plan.

Master Plan Map

This effort will be completed by the end of 2017, and will produce strategies and cost estimates for implementing the 2002 Master Plan.

Upcoming Community Workshops

  • Thursday, October 5th, 6:00 pm – Location TBD
  • Wednesday, November 15th, 6:00 pm – Location TBD
  • Wednesday, December 13th, 6:00 pm – Location TBD

To provide additional input please take this online survey about the park. 

Notice of Public Meeting: Allegheny Circle Two Way Conversion

Date: Thursday, June 22, 2017
Location: Alloy 26, Nova Place
Time: 6:00 pm – Sign In, 6:30 pm – Presentation

The City of Pittsburgh, in partnership with the PA Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration and the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, and in cooperation with One Northside and the Walk/Ride Northside, a committee of the Northside Leadership Conference, will conduct a preliminary public meeting for Allegheny Circle two way conversion in the Allegheny Center Neighborhood.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the conceptual plans for the project which is set for a May 2018 construction start.

The project team will be present at the public meeting to answer any questions and present the conceptual plans. The meeting location is accessible to persons having disabilities. Anyone who needs additional information has special needs, or requires special aids should contact:

Emily Jo Gaspich, P.E., Project Manager, City of Pittsburgh, Department of Public Works, Bureau of Transportation and Engineering at (412) 255-2472 or emily.gaspich@pittsburghpa.gov.

Speak up for Pittsburgh’s Oldest Park

Allegheny Commons Park Support

Action Alert: Support Pittsburgh’s Oldest Park, Contender for Important State Funding

Dedicated in 1930, Allegheny Commons Park is Pittsburgh’s oldest park. Steeped in history, this beloved Northside park is frequented by local residents as well as visitors to the National Aviary and Children’s Museum.

Right now, you can help Pittsburgh’s oldest park by speaking up for important state funding. Click the button below to find out how.

We’ve requested support for the historically significant Allegheny Commons Park through a competitive state grant. Your could help make the difference in bringing these important funds to Pittsburgh, since community support makes a big impact in this grant process.

Have two minutes? Take action to show your support.

Lend Your Support Now

Please pass this message along to others, and thank you for being a friend of the parks.

Heather Sage
Director of Community Projects