Connections to Gardens and Nature
Neighbors Find Inspiration and Opportunities for Growth in Perry Hilltop
Communities deserve safe and clean green spaces for recreation, education, gathering and fitness activities. Revitalizing blighted lots reduces stress, improves health and wellness among neighbors. Green spaces bring people together for curiosity and connection and when children play, they are learning to interpret their world. We hope you enjoy, come to visit and play soon!
Ballfield Farm (BFF) is a neighborhood project for collectively growing food while building community. Members are food enthusiasts, community advocates, friends, family and neighbors from all walks of life, both expert gardeners and newbies, who are working cooperatively to maintain a former ball field converted into a collective growing space. In exchange for a small monetary investment and a few hours of work per month, members are able to provide food for their own families as well as neighbors in need.
The Corner of Hope is a reclaimed parklet with an art installation paying homage to the Negro League. The projects was the result of community collaboration between Perry Hilltop Citizens' Council, The Pittsburgh Project students and their instructor, Sandy Kessler Kaminski, and Oakglade Realty. The mural was designed to represent baseball cards laid out in a Homerun Fence. A ribbon cutting celebration took place April 22, 2017 where Josh Gibson's family were honored and celebrated with the community. PIRATES HONORS STUDENTS The students and staff at The Pittsburgh Project were honored at African Heritage Night at the Pittsburgh Pirates game at PNC Park.
Fowler Park hosts numerous programs for local partner organizations. The Northside Steelers youth football and cheerleading practices, community events such as National Night Out, Trunk or Treat, FARMER + Flea Market, litter clean ups, summer camps and more. A master planning process was completed by the City and is projected to undergo 7 phases over 14 years to be completed in 2037.
Fowler Park Field
Fowler Field is currently a football field used heavily by the Northside Steelers of the Northside Youth Athetic Association . The field is predominately used for practices, which include a wide range of ages, and incorporates cheerleading practices. Often entire families will come to practices. Field improvements are projected to be complete in 2029 and will include more parking, screened portable restrooms, a larger spectator area, a pavilion for concessions and storage, trash and recycling receptacles, and team areas. In addition, a walking path will connect to the Fowler Park trails. The field is sized for football, but can be used for recreational soccer as well. New lighting and surfacing will also be upgraded.
Fowler Park Basketball
Students from the Violence Prevention Working Group advocated that a Basketball Court revitalization would be a great way to connect and engage youth and adults in a game playing. As an Early Action Project of the Allegheny Dwellings Choice Neighborhood Plan, the City also installed new benches around the playground and basketball court.
Fowler Park Lantern
The Lantern (2011) by artist, Sandy Kessler Kaminski is a replica of an 1850's Lantern used by escaping slaves. Stainless steel footprints represent a path toward freedom. The area where the Lantern green space is now located used to be a rubble filled lot where two homes used to stand. It was not functioning in a positive way for the community. Now groups meet at the Lantern, light shines from it at night creating a safer area, and families can play in the grass. Neighborhood events such as the walk for peace, Trunk or Treat, National Night Out and the FARMER + Flea Fundraiser started at the Lantern. 10’ x 10’ x 22’ steel lantern, 100’x 82.5’ public green space. Inside, looking up. The viewer can see the Big Dipper and Little Dipper constellations have been cut into the steel top of the lantern, allowing the light to shine out and lead the way towards freedom. Solar powered lights shine at night. Commissioned by the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and The Grable Foundation. A link in the local Charm Bracelet Project. Designed in collaboration with The Pittsburgh Project, Art and Soul woman’s group, Perry Hilltop Community members and Jill Joyce, architect.
Fowler Park Pool
Fowler Park Pool was once a lively recreational facility which hosted youth camps and competitive aquatic programs. The Perry Hilltop Citizens' Council has been advocating for this community resource to re-open. The City has committed to make pool improvements and is projected to re-open in 2024.
Unity Corner Garden
This was the first collaborative project completed by FCC and PHCC along with partners at The Pittsburgh Project, Allegheny City Society, urban master gardeners, community members, and artists Linda Wallen and Sandy Kessler Kaminski to produce this beautiful mosaic gateway sign and pollinator garden at Perrysville Ave. and Federal St. This project is supported by The Sprout Fund, Allegheny Goatscape, Job Corp, and the City of Pittsburgh. The garden is stewarded by the Unity Corner Garden Club Members (Carla Arnold, Bill Casey, Kim Metheny, Tricia Patsilevas), under the leadership of master gardener, Tricia Patsilevas and coordinated by Carla Arnold.
to join the Unity Corner Garden Club contact Carla Arnold.