2013-2014 HDCG Planning School

"The Greenprint: A Walking Tour"

Wednesday, September 4th @ 6:00pm
(Rain date: Thursday, September 5th @ 6:00pm)
Lobby of Hill House Association, 1835 Centre Ave

Terri Baltimore, VP Neighborhood Development, Hill House Association
Jake Baechle, Volunteer Coordinator, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

The Hill House and the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy invites the community to join them on a walking tour of the Hill District Greenprint Plan. The Greenprint seeks to re-connect the Hill District to its landscape and its community members to the greater Pittsburgh area.

Tour along Centre Ave: Public Art Installation, Olivet Baptist Church, Chauncey Street Steps, Kennard Field, and more.

Drinks & snacks will be provided.
Please RSVP to shao@hdcg.org or 412-697-4692.

Click here for the Facebook event

About the Program Initiative


Make the Hill District a Green and Well-Designed Community


Greenprint Implementation

Find the Rivers! (FTR) is a resident-driven project that seeks to re-make severed physical connections and re-imagine a future for the Hill District characterized by beautiful public spaces and sustainable “green” economic development for its residents. Among the major outcomes of FTR are the Greenprint plans. Greenprint I is a conceptual plan that reconceptualizes the Hill as a “Village in the Woods” along the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers in Pittsburgh. The Project seeks to reinforce the Village as a compact development zone with a strong civic identity; the Woods as a managed woodland with vital connections that link stairs, open space, and housing; and a conveyance system that finds opportunities for human circulation and ground/storm water systems in both the village and woodland settings. Key points of the plan include:

  • Establishing three zones within the Hill District (Woods, Village, Conveyance) and proposing appropriate parks, housing, and circulation for each zone

  • Supporting small interventions that, when combined, contribute to a stronger overall green network

  • Maintaining some vacant lots as green space rather than rebuilding

Following Greenprint I, Greenprint II aims to “effectively integrate the Greenprint concepts and principles into the forthcoming Master Plan and for the Hill District...and to develop a set of specific projects for the realization and implementation of these landscape concepts. Designs developed in Phase II articulate the beginning stages of implementation for the Greenprint.”

Both Greenprint plans have strong community support and make many good recommendations for strengthening the Hill District. The following proposals from Greenprint II should be implemented as part of the ongoing FTR effort and also as a component of this master plan.

  • Village Street Conveyance and Public Space

  • Coal Seam Park and Stairs

  • Cliffside Park

  • Memory Lane Overlook

  • Sugartop Watergarden and Overlook

  • Martin Luther King Field and Wetlands

  • Addison Terrace Gardens and Trails

  • Coal Seam Trail

  • Herron Avenue Run



Improve the quality and availability of open spaces in the Hill District. Connect Hill District open spaces into the citywide and regional green network. Leverage the Hill’s natural features.

Local Programs & Resources

  • Greenprint I and Greenprint II
    Created by Hood Design Studio, Studio for Spatial Practice and the Community Partners Institute for Find the Rivers!, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Hill House Association, and the Hill District Consensus Group

Target Area

Throughout the Hill


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