What We Do
From attending zoning and planning meetings to holding community fundraisers and planting street trees, our volunteer board members stay busy throughout the year. Here’s a look at our committees and what each one does:
We hold several fundraisers throughout the year. Currently, the pie sale, the plant sale, and the Home Tour directly benefit the South Side Community Council. All others raise money for various projects in the South Side.
Planning, Zoning, and Licenses
Our planning, zoning, and licensing committee works with several different city departments as well as with developers who hope to build on the South Side.
Focus areas include working with developers on new or existing projects, attending appropriate zoning board hearings, setting up community meetings so that residents can learn about new developments close to their homes, and monitoring new liquor licenses.
Community Beautification (Green n’at)
Our passion is to make the South Side beautiful, inviting, and green!
Green n’at work includes ongoing community litter clean-ups, planting, weeding, mulching, and maintenance and long-term projects to create and revitalize green spaces. We also host educational workshops, sell plants in the spring, and host the South Side Garden Tour.
There are five gardens and parklets on the flats that the SSCC currently manages:
- 11th and Carson
- 18th and Carson
- South Side Riverfront Park sign and garden
- Steel worker sculpture garden (by the dog park)
- War Memorial Park at Sarah and 12th
South Side Community Council is working to revitalize Esser’s Plaza to be a welcoming, open space where the community can gather. We have partnered with Engineers Without Borders Pittsburgh Chapter to move the project forward with an enhanced design, construction documents, and required approvals.
The design was completed with input from the community stakeholders, residents, and South Side businesses. Landscape Architect Jeremy Brown of Laquatra Bonci also helped to guide the design process.
Funding this project is made possible by the following organizations:
Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s Greenways, Trails & Recreation Programs grant
Urban Redevelopment Authority’s Neighborhood Initiative Funding grant
Lowe’s 100 Hometowns grant
South Side Park
South Side Park is unique in its location and topography — a hidden 57.5-acre community park, with traditional recreational amenities as well as natural areas that dominate its landscape. Located within the South Side Slopes neighborhood,and bordered by South Side Flats and Arlington neighborhoods. The South Side Community Council has been a partner for the yearly Goat Fest event and a key stakeholder in the Park Master Plan.
For more information about the South Side Park Master plan please visit the City of Pittsburgh Project Site https://pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/ssp-background Also check out SSP Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SouthSideParkPGH/
South Side Public Art
South Side Public Art is bringing art to the South Side, giving artists opportunities to develop their skills, display their art, be compensated when possible, and to engage openly with the community. This positive approach is inclusive and celebrates the diversity and creativity of artists in Pittsburgh and elsewhere.
One of Pittsburgh’s first riverfront parks, the South Side Riverfront Park located along the Monongahela River is an integral component of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail system. Park amenities include one of the four public boat launches in the City of Pittsburgh, two kayak launches, dog park with a dedicated ‘small dog’ area, & plenty of public parking to access the Park’s amenities. The Southside Community Council holds trail cleanups in the spring and fall. If you are interested in participating in an upcoming trail cleanup, see our Volunteer page.
For more information about the Park and Riverfront trail visit Riverlife Pittsburgh’s Riverfront Guide page https://riverlifepgh.org/riverfront-guide/south-side-riverfront-park-trail/
Ormsby Park Community Garden
In collaboration with the Citiparks Ormsby Recreation Center, the South Side Community Council created a community garden in 2021. The garden will be a teaching tool for Citiparks Children’s Summer Programs at Ormsby. It will be maintained by the kids and all the beautiful bounty of fresh veggies will go to the kids, their families and anyone that volunteers at the garden. Several volunteers worked hard every Saturday in the summer of 2021 to dig out the grass, get new dirt in, and transform the space into a beautiful garden.
If you are interested in participating in the 2022 Ormsby Community Garden, see our Volunteer page
The South Side Community Council plants street trees twice a year, spring and fall. We also weed and mulch existing tree pits year-round.
If you are interested in a street tree or to volunteer on a maintenance day, see our Volunteer page.
The South Side Flats and Slopes Code Enforcement Project works to improve the quality of life on the South Side by bringing people and institutions together to identify code violations, advocate for their remediation and monitor the outcomes. Meetings happen on the second Wednesday of the month and alternate between 12 noon and 6 pm. Please check our calendar for meeting times.
Visit our South Watch web page to learn more.
The South Side Planning Forum was established in 1985 and is the collective voice of the community on issues pertaining to planning policy. The Forum operates as the monitor of the Neighborhood Plan, with cooperation, participation, and input of constituent organizations. Since the Parking Enhancement District (PED) began, monthly reports have been provided by Councilman Bruce Kraus and Allison Harnden, the city’s night time economy manager.
Currently, the forum consists of the following organizations: The Brashear Association, South Side Chamber of Commerce, South Side Community Council and South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association. It also includes sector representation from education, health, religious institutions and the arts.
Meetings occur the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 PM. The July and August meetings are combined and occur during the last Tuesday in July.
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|December 8, 2020||PF Minutes 12/8/20|
In 2007 Graffiti Watch a volunteer action group of the South Side Community Council (SSCC) was formed with the goal of preventing and removing graffiti vandalism on the South Side. Dedicated volunteers prevent and remove graffiti from the South Side. Keeping our community free of graffiti requires a sustained effort. Graffiti is a public safety issue that contributes to blight, increased criminal activity, reduced property values, and added expenses. Graffiti Watch works in partnership with residents, businesses, property owners, and the City of Pittsburgh.
Block Watches are great community builders! It is enjoyable and rewarding to learn about the many interesting and diverse individuals and families that live just within our own block watch boundaries. Learn more by visiting our Block Watch page.