Highland Park

1998

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority agreed to build a micro-filtration plant rather than cover Highland Park Reservoir No. 1 to comply with a new state law. Highland Park Reservoir No. 2 was covered. Lawrenceville artist Mark Runco completed his mural of Highland Park on North St Clair Street at Bryant St. City Councilman Jim Ferlo commissioned the mural on the side of the building housing the "At the Park" tavern (now "Six & Slice") to draw attention to the planned restoration of the Highland Avenue entrance to the park. Pittsburgh's Historic Review Commission gave preservation awards to Debbie DeAngelis, the Highland Park Community Club, and others to recognize the conservation of the sculptures at the entrance to Highland Park.

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1996

On January 1, the NUIN Center was scheduled to open at 5655 Bryant Street (the old Hydrogroup building). (It may have opened sooner; see entry for 1995.) The park gate piers and statues were restored.

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1995

On February 12, the Bryant Street Committee of the Highland Park Community Club sponsored a fund-raising event called Chocolate & Champagne at St. Andrew's Church. Guests were able to sample chocolate creations by Highland Park residents and professional caterers, restaurants, and bakeries. Participants included: Baum Vivant Restaurant, Bolan's Candies, Cafe Victoria, La Chacuterie, Oakmont Bakery, Simply Delicious Catering, and Vincenza Chocolates. The event benefited the on-going revitalization of Highland Park's business district along Byrant Street. With funds raised by this event, five new wooden planters located at Walnut Market parking lot, next to Peppi's, next to D & L Cleaners, and in front of ARTS. The sixth was scheduled to be placed at Cafe Flora after the sidewalk was redone. [Bryant St. Comittee news releases 1995/1996; HPCC Newsletter 8/1995]

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1994

On July 31, hundreds of people turned out for a ceremony on Bryant Street for the placement of a historical marker at the boyhood home of Jazz musician Billy Eckstine at 5913 Bryant Street. [The Observer; address from photo] The Reservoir of Jazz August concert series began. Walnut Market opens on Bryant Street. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on October 30.

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1993

The Highland Park Community Development Corporation incorporated.

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1992

The community club erected three signs at prominent entrances to the neighborhood: the corner of Stanton and North Highland Avenues, the corner of Stanton and North Negley Avenues, and at the top of The Hill Road (now One Wild Place) near the corner of Bunkerhill and Mellon Streets. The sign at Stanton and North Negley Avenues was replaced sometime around 2000. The replacement matches the style of the sign for the Highland Park Club apartments. Raymond Hair Designs opened on Bryant Street.

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1991

On a rainy Saturday in early April, a devoted work crew planted 45 dogwood trees in the park.

The community raised about $120,000 to build a "super playground" in the park at Maple Grove.  The distinctive Leathers & Associates design includes many elements suggested by the playground users: the children.  The whole process took about 1.5 years, culminating in the actual construction of the playground by community volunteers from 1991-04-24 to 1991-04-28.  Project leaders Roseanne Levine and Marsha Dugan began the opening ceremony; Councilman Jim Ferlo and Mayor Sophie Masloff participated in the opening ceremony as well.

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1989

Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation designated Highland Park as a historic landmark.

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