Mayor Luke Ravenstahl’s Message to Neighborhoods

Dear Neighbors,

With the warmer weather upon us, we will have an opportunity to spend more time outdoors. As you begin to plan for your own gardens, my administration is the overall landscape of our City, and is focused on doing major spring cleaning, greening, and volunteering.

Redd Up is a great example of Pittsburgh’s strong tradition of neighbors-helping-neighbors. Every year, dedicated residents volunteer their time and show their community pride by cleaning and greening their neighborhood. This year, we encourage you to continue to volunteer and support these upcoming events:

  • Annual Spring Redd Up Events – On April 15, 16, and 17, community volunteers from neighborhoods across the City will be out picking up litter. The Clean Pittsburgh Commission, along with other local anti-litter groups, is once again sponsoring the annual City-wide spring clean-up. If you are interested in participating, or arranging a Redd Up for your community, please contact Boris Weinstein at 412-688-9120 or boris.weinstein@verizon.net.
  • Green Up Pittsburgh Program – This spring, together with the City’s Green Team and the community stewards, we will continue to transfer vacant lots into urban farms, rain gardens, green palettes, and community gardens. Keep a look out this spring for a community planting day in your area at pittsburghpa.gov/neighborhoodinitiatives/greenup.

Throughout our City’s history, volunteers have played a critical role in providing essential services to residents and building leadership and capacity among citizens to address community concerns.

We have long known that the answers to Pittsburgh’s most pressing challenges cannot come from government alone. Building on this belief, I launched servePGH on March 22, a high-impact, Citywide blueprint for engaging citizens to solve local challenges. Within servePGH are a number of service initiatives that were created to meaningfully impact Pittsburgh neighborhoods and the lives of Pittsburgh youths. There are opportunities for everyone. To learn more about servePGH and to get involved please check out servepgh.pittsburghpa.gov or contact Rebecca Kottler-Wein, Chief Service Officer, at 412-255-4765 or servepgh@city.pittsburgh.pa.us.

I look forward to seeing you out at one of these events to celebrate and show your neighborhood pride.

Luke Ravenstahl
Mayor, City of Pittsburgh

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