Mile Run Greenway Project: The Community Workshop
Friday, July 23 - 4:00 pm
to 9:00 pm -- Greenway Tours & Picnic Dinner
Trailer, off of Commercial Street in the Valley
pm -- Greenway Tours
will meet at the trailer for the tours. Participants will divide into
Upstream and Downstream facilitated work groups. (Upstream includes
Regent Square Gateway, Lower Frick Park and Commercial Street. Downstream
includes Commercial Street, Mid-slag node and Duck Hollow.) The project
co-directors, serving as tour leaders, will review the challenges and
opportunities related to each node, share community comments that have
been gathered, and explain the design alternatives that are being proposed.
The Upper Greenway tour will be lead by co-directors Tim Collins and
Reiko Goto. The Lower Greenway tour will be lead by co-directors Bob
Bingham and John Stephen. The tour is to familiarize workshop participants
with key issues through first hand inspection of the five designated
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm -- Picnic
will reconvene for a picnic dinner.
Saturday, July 24 - 9:00
am to 3:00 pm -- Work Sessions
Wood Street Galleries,
601 Wood Street, downtown Pittsburgh
9:00 am -- Panel: Nine Mile
Run Greenway Conceptual Design Alternatives Review
will be provided.
A presentation by
the artists of the Nine Mile Run Greenway Project will provide a context
for consideration of the design alternatives and discussion of options
to follow later in the morning. This is followed by presentations on
the status of initiatives currently underway. Panel presenters include
the Army Corps of Engineers, the 3 Rivers Wet Weather Demonstration
Program, the Rocky Mountain Institute (stormwater), and the Department
of City Planning.
10:30 am -Community Brainstorming
Based on the introductory
presentations, the workshop participants and the attending public will
participate in a brainstorming session about the greenway; i.e. what
should be enhanced and protected in the greenway, what recreational
activities to encourage, what are some potential educational programs,
etc. The preferences will be tracked on a matrix which will identify
which nodes are most ideally suited for that purpose. This matrix will
be used during the work sessions to inform the work on the upper and
11:30 am - 3:00 pm -- Work
Lunch will be provided.
divide into the assigned work groups. The participants will use the
posterboards, cost estimates, and programmatic preferences to evaluate
options and develop a preferred conceptual design, including volunteer
initiatives and community education programs, for each node. Each group
will attempt to complete two nodes on Saturday. The Upper Greenway group
will start with the Lower Frick Park node and work through the Regent
Square Gateway node on Saturday. The Lower Greenway group will start
with the Duck Hollow node and work through the Mid-slag node on Saturday.
Sunday, July 25 - 10:00
am to 3:00 pm - Work Session & Presentation
Wood Street Galleries,
601 Wood Street, downtown Pittsburgh
10:00 am -- Work Session
Brunch will be provided.
The groups could
continue to refine their program/design concepts from their work on
Saturday and complete the Commercial Avenue node.
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm -- Presentation
of Results and Greenway Futures
The Sunday afternoon
session will be a synthesis of the workshop. The public will be invited.
After a short introduction of the workshop process by the project artists,
each work group will present their recommendations. This will be followed
with an exercise in which all participants will evaluate a range of
administrative options using criteria to measure fit with program/design
goals, legal requirements, funding potential and ongoing stewardship.
The product of this session would be a preferred and do-able administrative
option which, when added to the preferred program and design elements,
will lead to a complete package.
Mile Run Greenway Project:
Community Design Workshop
participants will be asked to develop three specific products:
- Specific (conceptual)
design guideline for each of the five nodes: Duck Hollow, Mid-slag,
Commercial Street, Lower Frick Park, and Regent Square Gateway;
- Any additional
programming, educational or creative products which may have been missed
in the Conceptual Design Alternatives and can be integrated into the
intent of the guidelines.
- An institutional
structure for the sustainable financing, construction, management and
maintenance of the greenway
should embrace the following ideals:
Employ a process of multi-benefit problem solving and creativity.
Target long term sustainability.
Products should be reviewed for their cause and affect on culture (care/stewardship),
economy (construction and long term maintenance) and ecology (bio-diversity
and human/nature interface aesthetic). IV. Each final design guideline
should be considered for its relative value in terms of natural and
cultural benefit as well as costs.
programming, institutional, educational and creative products can be
developed after a guideline is identified through a process of community
team will include a chair to keep the work focused and moving, a reporter
to keep track of the diverse ideas which are generated at these events
and numerous community members with an intimate knowledge of the site
and its experiences, opportunities, problems and uses. Each team will
be complimented by an artist, architect, ecologist, landscape architect,
urban planner who can help with details of the conceptual design guidelines.
the design recommendations, please draw initially from the posterboard
content produced for the exhibition. The posterboards, describe current
conditions, ecosystem alternatives, and infrastructure options for each
node. The posterboards, were carefully assembled after two years work
and a variety of cultural and scientific analysis. The participants
are asked to review the materials, analyze the options and collaboratively
produce a board defining the preferred conceptual design for each node.
The conceptual design should be developed in a manner complimentary
to the existing boards. Images created during the Community Design Workshop
will be scanned, attributed for authorship and formatted with computer
tools in the fall. Working versions of the boards, drawing materials,
sketch, and poster markers will be provided at the Galleries. Various
computer tools and STUDIO resource assistants will be available as well.
Elements of the community workshop designs will be presented in the
Galleries in the remaining weeks of the exhibition.
table will be provided with cost estimates of the different design elements.
The cost estimate information will be provided by Biohabitats, Inc.,
a nationally recognized ecological planning firm. These estimates are
not intended to constrain our choices but they will provide an understanding
of their financial consequences. The preferred conceptual design board
should include narrative descriptions of volunteer initiatives and community
institutional alternatives and preferred greenway node designs will
be principal elements of the final Greenway Plan to be completed later
in the year. Although you will have a chance to review this document
in the fall, the Workshop will be the best opportunity for an in-depth
and comprehensive shaping of this product.