Volunteers sought for City committee for parks and recreation planning


The City of Pittsburgh’s Department of City Planning is seeking volunteer applications from residents and neighborhood advocates to serve on a “Green Ribbon Committee” to assist in the development of a city-wide Open Space, Parks, and Recreation Plan.  In addition to examining our parks and recreation facilities and programs, this planning effort will also look at the City’s abundant open spaces, a unique resource consisting of our riverfronts, wooded hillsides, and vacant lots.

The “Green Ribbon Committee” for the Open Space, Parks, and Recreation Plan will consist of involved residents and community advocates that reflect the broad interests, areas, and demographics of the City.  The Green Ribbon Committee’s role is to:

  • provide local, on-the-ground knowledge of park, recreation, and open space facilities and programs,
  • offer extensive information review, comments and feedback
  • represent their community organizations in the planning process

Committee members will be required to attend a series of six Green Ribbon Committee meetings over a 12 to 18 month process, anticipated to begin in early 2010.

Here is the application: green-ribbon-committee-application.doc

You can also call City Planning at 412.255.2287 for an application, pick one up at the PHCA office, or email us (phcapgh@gmail.com) and we’ll forward the application.  After you’ve completed it you can return it via e-mail or regular mail to Andrew Dash at the Department of City Planning (200 Ross Street, 4th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15219).  The deadline for application submissions is Friday, January 8th.

The Management Committee for the Open Space, Parks, and Recreation Plan will review applications and select the members of the Green Ribbon Committee in January 2010.  If you would like to read about the plan, there is more information here.

If you are unable to commit to this level of involvement but are interested in providing information or learning more about the process, there will be many other opportunities to be involved in activities such as community meetings throughout the City, events within the City Parks, stakeholder interviews, on-line and telephone surveys. A series of focus groups will also be held on topics related to open space, parks, and recreation to solicit input for the plan.