Save the Dates for 2022!

Every year, the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association holds six public meetings open to the community (two of which are parties!)

  • Tuesday, January 11 
  • Tuesday, March 8
  • Tuesday, May 10 – IN PERSON! At Bandi Schaum!
  • Tuesday, July 12 – Summer Picnic
  • Tuesday, October 11
  • Tuesday, December 13 – Holiday Party

All meetings start @ 6:30 p.m. At this time, all meetings are being held virtually on Zoom. Zoom links will be published before each meeting.

All South Side Slopes residents are invited to attend. Join us to meet new people or reconnect with long-time neighbors, learn what is happening and planned for the community, and share your ideas, concerns and love for the Slopes.

In order to be a voting member of the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association, you must attend at least 2 meetings and/or events per year.

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StepTrek 2022

Pittsburgh StepTrek is the annual South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association fundraiser that supports projects for the betterment of the community. This family-friendly event combines photography, historic narrative and a sense of neighborhood dependent upon steps.  Through this annual event, we keep the city focused on maintenance of city steps throughout the neighborhood.

Buy Tickets here!

The pay-what-you-can registration includes access to the digital maps and route narratives that will be distributed electronically by 9pm on Friday, Sept 30. This will allow you to walk the routes during the event on October 1, or anytime after that day.

Merchandise pick-up and day-of registration will take place in the UPMC Employee Parking Lot at 21st and Josephine Streets.

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SSSNA Development Activities Meeting (DAM) for 32-44 Pius Street project

South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association is hosting a virtual Development Activities Meeting (DAM) on Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 6:30 p.m. to review a revised plan for a development project.

What:  Desmone Architects & Abode Well Realty, Inc. will share significant updates to their 32 and 44 Pius Street development plans. The new plan proposed includes the demolition of the existing 44 Pius Street building and construction of a new building with a similar footprint, height and size, instead of the previous plan to renovate the 44 Pius Street building.

Why:  SSSNA is a Registered Community Organization (RCO) through the Department of City Planning to provide input and feedback on local development activities and planning procedures in partnership with community stake holders.

Where: This will be a virtual Zoom meeting. The meeting zoom link will be sent via email to the SSSNA e-blast list before the meeting. If you do not receive it, please email info@southsideslopes.org to be added to the list or receive the Zoom meeting link.

For more information about RCOs and DAMs, visit https://pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/dev-activities-meeting.

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Annual Summer Picnic

Join the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association for our annual summer picnic. La Palapa will be returning with their food truck to feed us tacos (including a vegan option)!

Feel free to bring a chair or picnic blanket, and a beverage and/or desert to share.

When: Tuesday July 12, 2022 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Where: Bandi Schaum Community Garden

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South Side Public Safety Meeting

Please join the South Side Planning Forum for a community meeting with Mayor Gainey about public safety on East Carson Street.
The meeting will be at the Market House and will also be available via Zoom.

Where: South Side Market House, 202 Bedford Square, Pittsburgh, PA
When: Tuesday June 14th at 6PM

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Slopes May Cleanup

Join the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association for a Spring neighborhood clean-up. We will have trash bags, gloves, and bright orange shirts.

When: Saturday May 14, 2022 from 9:30am to 12pm Where: Meet at Bandi Schaum Community Garden

We will break up into groups and clean up in the neighborhood.

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Slopes General Meeting @ Bandi Schaum

Join us in person at Bandi Schaum Community Garden! (In case of rain, we will move the meeting to Zoom.)

Meeting starts at 6:30pm.

Bring your own chair, and we will have refreshments, committee updates, and a vote on the proposed bylaws change.

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SSSNA Development Activities Meeting (DAM) for 1035-1037 E Warrington

Who: South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association is hosting a Development Activities Meeting (DAM) on Wednesday, May 11th at 6:30pm to review one development project.

What:  Hart Architects is constructing a single-family residence at 1035-1037 E Warrington Ave

Why:  SSSNA is a Registered Community Organization (RCO) through the Department of City Planning to provide input and feedback on local development activities and planning procedures in partnership with community stake holders.

Where: This will be a virtual Zoom meeting. The meeting zoom link will be sent via email to the SSSNA e-blast list before the meeting. If you do not receive it, please email info@southsideslopes.org to be added to the list or receive the Zoom meeting link.

For more information about RCOs and DAMs, visit https://pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/dev-activities-meeting.

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SSSNA Development Activities Meeting (DAM) for South Side Park Public Art

Who: South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association is hosting a Development Activities Meeting (DAM) on Tuesday, April 5th at 6:30pm to review one development project.

What:  Artist Carin Mincemoyer will present her artwork concept for South Side Park. Ms Mincemoyer is contracted for the Percent for Art commission as part of the South Side Park Phase 1 renovation.

Why:  SSSNA is a Registered Community Organization (RCO) through the Department of City Planning to provide input and feedback on local development activities and planning procedures in partnership with community stake holders.

Where: This will be a virtual Zoom meeting. The meeting zoom link will be sent via email to the SSSNA e-blast list before the meeting. If you do not receive it, please email info@southsideslopes.org to be added to the list or receive the Zoom meeting link.

For more information about RCOs and DAMs, visit https://pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/dev-activities-meeting.

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Proposed SSSNA Bylaws Update

UPDATE: This Bylaws change was approved at a vote at the May 14, 2022 General Meeting of the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association. The updated Bylaws are now posted on our website here: SSSNA Bylaws

The Board of the South Slide Slopes Neighborhood Association is proposing a change to the bylaws of the association. This change to the bylaws regards the eligibility to be considered for board membership. It would more accurately reflect how we engage with our community and broaden the pool of potential board members.

Here is how Article IV: Members, Section 1. b. currently reads:

Voting Members: those members eighteen (18) years or older who attended at least two public meetings in the past year.”

We propose that this sentence of the bylaw be revised to read:

Voting members: those members eighteen (18) years or older who attended at least two public meetings, events, or activities convened by the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association in the past year.”

The entire current bylaws are available here: http://www.southsideslopes.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/SSSNA-Bylaws-UpdatedMarch2020.pdf

We, like many other for- and not-for-profit organizations, have experienced a shift in the way that we interact with our members – and the way that they interact with us. It’s clear that the pandemic has fundamentally changed how people are choosing to spend their time outside of family, work, and other obligations.

It’s important for us to understand and respond to these shifts. Expanding the pool of potential Board Members to more accurately reflect how the organization engages with the community – now, and going forward – will put us in a better position to achieve our goals. We see the challenge of attracting and retaining board members as a long term one – and this is the appropriate opportunity to make this small, but impactful change.

This proposed change will be published in the South Pittsburgh Reporter and on our website. The change was introduced to the membership at the March Annual meeting. We will have a discussion before a formal vote at our May 10th general meeting. This vote will be open to all board members and general members in good standing. If you have any thoughts on the topic in the meantime, please reach out to any of our Board Members in the meantime and let’s chat! 

Thank you,

Blake M. McLaren

President of the Board – SSSNA

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2022 Slopes Board Updates

The South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association (SSSNA) is excited to announce its updated Board of Directors as of our Annual meeting on March 8, 2022.

We wish a heartfelt thank you to our retiring board members Denise Fillip and Brian Oswald. We are thankful for their combined decades of volunteering with the South Side Slopes. They will continue to be involved in the association, especially with the Dirty Dozen Hot Chocolate Stop and StepTrek.

Re-elected board members were: Cara Jette, Gavin Robb, Lucia Sanchez-Madrigal, and Jami Szalla. We also welcome two new board members, Marc Bowman and Andrew Fetzko.

Marc Bowman lives on Shelly Street, near the Oakley Street Mosaic Steps. He’s into running, mountain biking, walking around outside, video games and technology in general, and he is a senior web developer at Pitt’s School of Medicine. Marc has served on several boards and committees, including The Friends of South Park, The Whitehall Wildlife Management Committee, and he currently serves on the board of a 501(c)(3) non-profit known as Vegan Pittsburgh (veganpittsburgh.org). Expect more vegan options at our events going forward!

Andrew Fetzko has been a resident of the South Side since 1993. He graduated from Duquesne University and owned the retail store, Head Board Shop, a skate and snowboard shop on Carson St. from 1994 to 2014, which grew to 5 locations in the Pittsburgh area. In addition to retail sales, he did logistics and promotions for dozens of community events and music festivals, including fundraising for Pitcher Memorial Skate Park, a public skatepark in Carnegie. Andrew is also an ICC certified Building Inspector and is currently employed at Legal Tax Service, a municipal billing and law firm servicing the mid Mon Valley, where he oversees the lien dept. in recovery of delinquent taxes and municipal service fees. In 2018, he and his wife, Steph moved to Windom Street, from Sidney St., becoming official South Side Slopes residents. Andy is looking forward to helping improve the day-to-day quality of life in our great neighborhood.

There are now two openings for Board positions. Please contact info@southsideslopes.org if you are interested in joining the Board or a committee. You must have attended 2 meetings or events in the last year to be eligible to join the Board of Directors.

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