Office of Sustainability
Voice your opinion on open space!

What is Open Space?

The term “open space” refers to an area of land purposefully left undeveloped as a green area. Examples of open space include parks, greenways and community gardens.

Open spaces are an important part of a sustainable city by providing numerous environmental and community benefits. For example, open spaces can:

  • Reduce flooding and sewer overflow by absorbing large amounts of stormwater
  • Provide wildlife habitat
  • Help to maintain air quality
  • Reduce urban heat islands
  • Provide green space for neighborhood socializing and community building

We need your help!

The Department of City Planning, as part of the City’s Comprehensive Plan (, is beginning the process of creating an Open Space, Parks and Recreation Plan and wants your opinion on parks, vacant land and recreation programs.

To provide your input, please visit There are two surveys available, one for adults, and one for youth. The deadline for participation is August 31, 2010.

You can also register on the PLANPGH Exchange to be notified of any additional opportunities to give you opinions and public meetings or events for PLANPGH. Please note, City residency is not required to participate in the survey.

For questions specifically regarding the Open Space, Parks, and Recreation Plan, please contact:

Andrew Dash, AICP
Senior Planner
Department of City Planning

 Sustainability Contact:
Sarah Palmisano
Office of Sustainability and Energy Efficiency

Thursday, September 2, 2010


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