UrbanKind works with existing community-based organizations to improve resident engagement strategies and efforts. We organize residents in neighborhoods to help them identify issues and to prioritize projects and goals in order to improve their living spaces.
Hilltop Resident Engagement
Starting in 2016, UrbanKind embarked on a comprehensive resident engagement strategy in the South Pittsburgh Hilltop neighborhoods of Allentown, Arlington Heights, Arlington, Beltzhoover, Knoxville, and Mt. Oliver (borough and city). UrbanKind is working to organize residents to gain control over their own lives through democratic participation in the life of their community. For more information in the neighborhoods in which we work, please visit our Community Resource Page.
McKinley Park Restoration
Following many meetings to discuss the future of McKinley Park, residents and community organizations working with Pfaffman + Associates created the McKinley Park Master Plan in 2015. Soon after, the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy was awarded a Great Urban Parks Campaign grant for a McKinley Park Green Infrastructure project by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and American Planning Association (APA). It is thanks to the community’s support and involvement that this national organization awarded one out of four grants nationwide to McKinley Park! The project will target storm water management in the Chicken Hill area of the park and include recreational amenities, better access to wildlife, and accessibility. Friends of McKinley Park (FOMKP) was formed as a space for community members to take leads on decisions being made around McKinley Park.
15210 Hard to Recycle Day
In the Spring of 2016, UrbanKind hosted a community Hard to Recycle Day for the neighborhoods of Knoxville, Allentown, and Beltzhoover. We collected 5,000 tons of unused electronics, appliances, tires, and much more. By collecting those items, we were able to prevent them from being dumped in neighborhood parks and alleyways. Stay tuned for a 15210 zip code wide Hard to Recycle Day in the spring of 2017.
UKI Community-wide Launch Party
The UrbanKind Institute hosted their official Launch Party on September 11, 2017 at the Dr. Louis A. Venson Parklet in Beltzhoover. It was a tremendous community event features Stephanie Wellons and the Real Deal Band, illusionist Ran D. Shine and free food and fun for everyone. Due to the Launch Party's success, we plan to host an annual end of summer community event for the entire family to enjoy. Check back this summer for updates.