Office of Mayor William Peduto
Mayor William Peduto Pilots Welcoming Pittsburgh Programming in Partnership with Citiparks
Programming to Kick Off with Three Nights of Welcome, Neighbor! Potlucks in Carrick, Greenfield, and Polish Hill

PITTSBURGH, PA (November 3, 2015) The Office of Mayor William Peduto and Citiparks will be kicking off new programming at Citiparks Community Centers in Carrick, Greenfield, and Polish Hill with three nights of potluck-style celebrations bringing together friends and neighbors to eat, enjoy music, play games, and learn about the wide array of activities and amenities available at the centers. The new programming will build on existing Citiparks offerings and is the result of one of the thirty-seven recommendations outlined in Mayor Peduto’s Welcoming Pittsburgh Plan, the City’s five-year roadmap to build a more welcoming environment for Pittsburgh’s growing immigrant community and a more livable city for all.

“Pittsburgh is known nationwide for our city’s livability, our beautiful parks system, and our many recreation opportunities,” Mayor William Peduto said. “These potlucks are the perfect way to welcome residents old and new, immigrant and US born, to celebrate community and enjoy that championed livability in our Citiparks centers. We look to these events as an opportunity for residents to connect with one another and recall the welcoming spirit of Pittsburgh native Fred Roger’s famous refrain, ‘Won’t you be my neighbor?’ “

The potlucks will be held at the following dates, times, and locations:            

Phillips Recreation Center (Carrick)

Wednesday, November 4th | 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

201 Parkfield Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15210

Magee Recreation Center (Greenfield)

Thursday, November 5th | 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

745 Greenfield Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

West Penn Recreation Center (Polish Hill)

Friday, November 6th | 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

450 30th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Upcoming programming at the centers will include citizenship and English conversation classes, financial education sessions on homeownership and banking basics (interpreted in Nepali and Spanish), and cultural enrichment sessions lead by local immigrant organizations to share their community’s culture and activities in Pittsburgh with fellow residents.

“Every day residents are coming into our centers to connect with neighbors and take advantage of all sorts of health and recreation opportunities – from basketball leagues, to yoga classes, to afterschool meal programs,” said Citiparks Director Jim Griffin. “We’re excited to further strengthen ties between our centers and neighboring communities by expanding offerings that are sensitive to our city’s changing cultural demographics.”

Residents are encouraged to bring their friends, family, and a dish to share at the Welcome, Neighbor! potlucks. For more information on programming offered by Citiparks year round, visit http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/ or stop by your neighborhood Citiparks center.

For more information on Welcoming Pittsburgh, visit http://pittsburghpa.gov/welcoming-pittsburgh/, follow @WelcomingPGH on Twitter or www.facebook.com/WelcomingPGH on Facebook, or contact Betty Cruz at betty.cruz@pittsburghpa.gov.

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