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By Austin Vaught
Contributing Writer 

Mount residents updated on status of welcome signs for District 2


Plans to place new welcome signs at the entrances of City Council District 2 neighborhoods as well as updates on the Olympia Park building restoration were the focus of last Thursday’s MWCDC Community Forum.

Cultural District 2, a new community group looking to use artistic channels to spark community growth, announced they are seeking feedback on the designs for new gateway entrance signs to be placed at the primary entrance of each District 2 neighborhood.

“We are working on a neighborhood visibility project to really highlight which neighborhoods are part of District 2,” Cultural District 2 secretary Lori Beth Jones said. “To highlight where they begin and where they end.”

According to Ms. Jones, the group has allocated funds for up to 13 welcome signs. Funding for the project was provided by District 2 Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith’s office.

“We really need some input for what they’re going to look like, what they’re going to say,” Ms. Jones said. “What does your neighborhood say about you?”

Ms. Jones and Cultural District 2 chair Leah Keilman distributed community surveys during the meeting. Residents who did not attend the meeting can submit feedback by emailing the group at

Cultural District 2 will also host Paint Over Pittsburgh, a painting with a purpose event that will be held in the West End - Elliot Overlook. Participants will have the opportunity to paint and enjoy local artist exhibits inside the overlook building. The event will be co-sponsored by Painting with a Twist Pittsburgh West.

Calli Baker from the City of Pittsburgh’s Department of Public Works (DPW) was the next speaker. Ms. Baker said the city has designated funds to begin construction on the Olympia Park Building.

According to Ms. Baker, phase one of the restoration project will be used to replace the roof and ensure the building is watertight.

“We’re looking at heavy duty, higher quality materials to last longer and serve the community for a long time.” Ms. Baker said.

Phase two will take place next year and will involve interior restorations; however, details are in discussion. Ms. Baker expects construction will begin on the building in late summer or early fall.

Ms. Baker also provided two updates on Dilworth playground and baseball field. She said the DPW is finalizing plans for relocating the Dilworth playground in Dilworth Park.

Additionally, a new push button light system will be installed on the baseball field and will replace the regular timer that keeps the lights active even when the field is not in use. The new timer will only allow the lights to be activated during specific hours.

During the community Q&A portion of the meeting, residents asked for updates on the planned sidewalk construction projects on Grandview Avenue and PJ McArdle Roadway.

District 2 Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith said she believes the Grandview Avenue sidewalk project is still scheduled for spring, but the PJ McArdle Roadway construction may be delayed due to construction on the Liberty Bridge. She plans to discuss these projects during a meeting with the DPW this week.

The next MWCDC Community Forum meeting will be held on Thursday, April 21 at the Mount Washington Senior Center on Virginia Avenue. For more information on the MWCDC visit


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