On July 31st, BikePGH held its final Open Streets event for the summer of 2016. OpenStreetsPGH is a family friendly event where residents and visitors alike get to experience Pittsburgh at the ground level and participate in activities and support and experience local businesses without the obstruction of vehicular traffic. The route for this particular Open Streets stretched from The Point in downtown Pittsburgh through the Northside, and across the West End Bridge to the West End Valley.
Part of what makes YPA membership so great is the opportunity for civic engagement and connection to the Pittsburgh community. YPA joined dozens of other organizations to volunteer to host tables and activities and direct bike and pedestrian traffic at major intersections. YPA was represented near the corner of Western Avenue and Brighton Road by the Allegheny Commons Pedestrian Bridge, one of our 2014 Top Ten Preservation Opportunities.
Here we engaged the public with our “Painting for Preservation” activity where participants painted, drew, and celebrated the pedestrian bridge in other creative ways, while learning about the importance of the bridge and YPA and our partner’s efforts to support its restoration.
Volunteers had a great time painting and engaging with the public. We took lots of pictures, and many of us got to participate in other activities. There was a yoga class, giant bubble making, music, food, and even activities for dogs. To learn more about Painting for Preservation and YPA’s volunteering efforts during Open Streets, check out this article which appeared in the Northside Chronicle.
From more information about OpenStreetsPGH, click here. Below, check out some of these pictures of YPA volunteers and some of our visitors at our Painting for Preservation table.
The Allegheny Commons Bridge was a 2014 YPA Top Ten Preservation Opportunity site, and nominations for 2016 are now open through September 1, 2016. Nominate your site here.