(PITTSBURGH) Dec. 20 Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today joined Pittsburgh Weil Pre K-5 students to officially unveil the City’s newest Green Up project, called The Promise Park. The transformed vacant lot turned community garden is located on Centre Avenue next door to the elementary school, and was officially dedicated to students today, who will help take care of it.
“This park represents the transformation that can take place when we care for one another and take pride in our community,” Ravenstahl said. “We want students to recognize that they too can transform, and reach for the stars, thanks to the dedication of their teachers, the community, and of course, The Pittsburgh Promise scholarship program.”
The vacant lot was transformed by the Mayor’s Green Up Team into a community garden and sitting area. City workers planted over 20 rose bushes, and about 500 other perennials. In addition, a Christmas tree has been planted and students today decorated the tree with 26 angels to honor the victims of the Newton, Connecticut tragedy.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this senseless, horrible tragedy,” Ravenstahl said. “It is our goal to remember and honor the victims, not the perpetrator.”
The Promise Park serves to remind students that, through The Pittsburgh Promise, they can reach the dream of higher education, achieve their goals and be successful. Since the Mayor co-founded The Pittsburgh Promise with Pittsburgh Public Schools in 2007, over $30 million in Promise scholarships has helped nearly 3,800 students pursue higher education.
In 2007, Mayor Ravenstahl introduced the Green Up Pittsburgh Program to combat the increasing problem of overgrown vacant and abandoned lots in neighborhoods. The program aims to stabilize City-owned vacant lots with goals of reducing blight and public safety hazards, inspiring community pride, and promoting environmental values. Through the program, the City provides resources for the greening of vacant lots and partners with community stewards who help take care of them. Since its inception, over 100 vacant lots have been transformed into community green spaces. To learn more about green up and other greening opportunities, visit www.pittsburghpa.gov/neighborhoodinitiatives
The Mayor’s Green Up program is made possible by generous grants from the Department of Community and Economic Development. In addition, Target provided financial support for the Promise Park.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Office of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl
512 City County Building | 414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
telephone: 412-255-2626 | facsimile: 412-255-2687