PITTSBURGH Sept. 23 - Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced today that the City of Pittsburgh’s Department of City Planning and Citiparks will be hosting a Best Practices Summit on the City’s urban parks and green spaces on Sept. 30 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Children’s Museum Theater located at 10 Children’s Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. Cityofficials encourage residents to attend the summit and give feedback on how the City should shape the first phase of its Comprehensive Plan, titled Open Space, Parks and Recreation (OpenSpacePGH).
“In order to develop the best plan for the future use of our parks and green spaces, we need to hear not only from national experts on land-use planning, but from our residents,” Ravenstahl said. “We are embarking on the City’s first comprehensive plan because we ultimately want to make our City even more livable for our residents and families for years to come.”
Expert panelists from around the country will be in attendance to point to successful strategies that improve urban green spaces by better connecting them with citizens.
OpenSpacePGH is one of 12 components of the City’s first Comprehensive Plan, PlanPGH, and is scheduled to be completed by mid 2011. The entire plan is scheduled to be complete in five years.
For more information about PlanPGH, or to see how you can give input to make Pittsburgh an even better place to live, work, and play, visit the PlanPGH websiteand Facebook pageand “Be a Fan of the Plan.”
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PlanPGH is City’s first ever Comprehensive Plan, andwill serve as the City’s blueprint for economic growth over the next 25 years. PlanPGH seeks to enhance Pittsburgh's quality of life by determining the most effective and efficient uses of its natural systems, infrastructure, cultural assets, recreational amenities and economic resources. Public participation and expert input is at the core of developing PlanPGH.
The plan will be completed in 12 phases, with three of those phases currently underway, including: OpenspacePGH; PreservePGH, which focuses on matters of historical preservation; and, MovePGH, a large undertaking to develop a transportation plan for the City and all related transportation agencies.
To learn more about PlanPGH, including its phases, goal and strategies, visit the PlanPGH website.
Best Practice Summit panelists:
Vice President, Field Operations for the Trustees of ReservationsVice President of the Trustee of Reservations (Massachusetts), formerly Director of Conservation and Recreation for the Trust for Public LandVice President of the Trustee of Reservations (Massachusetts), formerly Director of Conservation and Recreation for the Trust for Public LandVice President of the Trustee of Reservations (Massachusetts), formerly Director of Conservation and Recreation for the Trust for Public Land
Founder and Executive Director, Center for Diversity and the Environment
Founder of the Environmental Professionals of Color
President and CEO, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
M.C.P. is a principal at BAE
FASLA, principal at MIG
FASLA, FAICP, principal at MIG
CPRP leads MIG’s nationwide park and recreation planning service area
President and CEO, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Opinion-leading urban affairs analyst, consultant, speaker and writer
Thursday, September 23, 2010
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