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Survey still open for area residents t provide input into South Side Park uses


Last updated 8/1/2016 at 5:41pm

Friends of the South Side Park (FSSP) is still accepting community input into the use of South Side Park.

“Many people use and love South Side Park for many different reasons. We want to hear from each of those people, and from those who could use and love the park if it met their needs. Friends of South Side Park and the user survey provide a chance for community input to guide future development in South Side Park,” said Laura Officer, chair of the Friends of South Side Park.

Area residents of the neighborhoods bordering the park, South Side Flats and Slopes and Arlington and others, and neighboring areas are asked to complete the survey at The survey will help FSSP to understand the usage patterns and populations utilizing the park.

At more than 65 acres in size, South Side Park has become an essential asset to the communities around it - and FOSSP wants to understand why people use and enjoy South Side Park so it can work towards creating a park that benefits the entire community.

South Side Park boasts a football field, Bandi Schaum Community Garden, the Bandi Schaum plateau, a playground, natural springs, and formal walking trails and nature paths. Perhaps the most unique features of the park are its topography and the magnificent views of downtown and Oakland.

In the past year, the park has gained increasing attention for its potential to capture storm water and run-off in its landscape, keeping water from entering the sewer system and contributing to the City of Pittsburgh’s combined sewage overflows in rain events.

The Friends of South Side Park is a volunteer-based advocacy group representing the diverse set of user groups of the park for advocacy and planning. Funding for the formation of FSSP is provided by the Birmingham Foundation.


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