Hazelwood Green
Photo courtesy of Environmental Planning & Design.

Want to help shape the future of the Hazelwood riverfront? You have your chance to do so at a virtual meeting on Wednesday, April 7 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Environmental Planning & Design (EPD), the landscape architecture firm selected to create a master plan for the 1.3-mile stretch of land along the Monongahela River, will host the community discussion via Zoom. You can also join by calling 929-436-2866.

With a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Natural Resources (DCNR), EPD and the Pennsylvania Environmental Council have spent seven months gathering public feedback through workshops, citywide neighborhood surveys, community meetings and stakeholder conversations.

Currently, the 21-acre area, which varies in width from 55 to 200 feet, is dotted with the city’s largest collection of abandoned industrial structures, including a pump house, mooring cells, platforms, coal loaders and catwalks, giving it a unique character and visual representation of its manufacturing past. The land also boasts revitalization challenges, such as steep gradients, active railroad tracks, fencing and stormwater retention facilities.

When completed this summer, the Hazelwood Riverfront Master Plan will direct decisions on developing the land for recreational use, ecological restoration and heritage preservation. The project aims to reconnect the surrounding neighborhoods to the waterway and create a welcoming, accessible space for all Pittsburghers to enjoy. The plan will be presented to the DCNR for review.

Community members with questions about the meeting or project can send an email to Amy Camp.

Kristy Locklin is a North Hills-based writer. When she's not busy reporting, she enjoys watching horror movies and exploring Pittsburgh's craft beer scene.