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CONSERVATION
The interests and desires of the entire
community - especially those that may
not have been included in the past -
must be centered in our plans, designs,
builds and activation of our parks.
Centering Community in Building
Equitable and Resilient Parks
By Juliet Martinez, Tiffany Taulton, Denisa Livingston and Rachelle Crosby
E
nsuring our parks benefit everyone is essential to guaranteeing
resilient, healthy and equitable communities. To do so, the interests
and desires of the entire community - especially those that
may not have been included in the past - must be centered in
our plans, designs, builds and activation of our parks. Inclusive and transformative
community engagement is vital to this process.
By doing this, our communities
are driving change to ensure they
are environmentally resilient, while
also welcoming and inclusive to everyone.
When community members
are empowered to steward
change, great things can happen.
Community Outreach and
the Hazelwood Greenway
Pittsburgh's Greater Hazelwood
was a thriving industrial neighborhood
for most of the 20th century.
A vibrant mix of European immigrants
and African American Pittsburghers
lived and worked under
clouds of black smoke from nearby
steel mills. The city's last mill, LTV
Coke Works in Hazelwood, closed
in 1998. The air was suddenly cleaner,
but rapid depopulation and the
closures of scores of community
businesses followed.
Now poised for a comeback, the
working-class community of 5,000
residents
had its
neighborhood
plan released in 2019, expressing
community needs and priorities for
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development. The plan highlighted
challenges, including pollution, climate
change and high rates of type
2 diabetes and asthma.
With a sense of shared purpose,
the community acted swiftly to convert
its greenway from a liability into
an asset. The 183-acre greenway, a
hilly forest the city could not afford
to manage, was clogged with invasive
species and illegal dumping sites.
However, the area had the potential
to be a source of exercise, cleaner air
and cooler summer temperatures.
A partnership formed between
residents, City of Pittsburgh,
philanthropies and nonprofits. The
OnePGH Fund contributed grant
funding; community development
corporation Hazelwood Initiative
spearheaded outreach; workforce

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