Save the Dates for 2023

Every year, the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association holds five public meetings open to the community (two of which are parties!)

  • Tuesday, March 14 – Board Elections & General Meeting
  • Tuesday, May 9 – General Meeting
    Meet the Candidates @ the Kollar Club (3226 Jane St., 15203)
    Doors open: 6:30 p.m. | Candidate forum starts: 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 11 – Summer Picnic
    LaPalapa Food Truck @ Bandi Schaum Community Garden
  • Tuesday October 17– General Meeting
    Location: The Kollar Club (3226 Jane St., 15203)
  • December – Holiday Party
    Location: TBD

Meetings start @ 6:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. We will be updating meeting locations as we get closer.

All South Side Slopes residents are invited to attend. Join us to meet new people or reconnect with long-time neighbors, learn what is happening and planned for the community, and share your ideas, concerns and love for the Slopes.

In order to be a voting member of the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association, you must attend at least 2 meetings and/or events per year.

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StepTrek 2023

Pittsburgh StepTrek is the annual South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association fundraiser that supports projects for the betterment of the community. This family-friendly event combines photography, historic narrative and a sense of neighborhood dependent upon steps.  Through this annual event, we keep the city focused on maintenance of city steps throughout the neighborhood.

Buy Tickets!

A link to the digital maps and route narratives will be sent via email by midnight on October 6. This will allow you to walk the routes during the event on October 7, or anytime after that day.

Day-of registration will take place in the UPMC Employee Parking Lot at 21st and Josephine Streets.

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Slopes Garbage Olympics

Once again, the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association will be competing in the Garbage Olympics! Let’s make our neighborhood for extra clean for #StepTrek!
The Garbage Olympics is Pittsburgh’s yearly neighborhood vs neighborhood competition to see who can pick up the most trash!
After the cleanup, there is a post event party at Threadbare Cider House with free refreshments and prizes. They award prizes for the most unusual trash and more!
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SSSNA Development Activities Meeting – September 2023

South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association is hosting a virtual Development Activities Meeting (DAM) on Wednesday, Sept. 20th, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. to review a revised plan for 2 projects.


  1. 2712 Burham Street Development: They are seeking a use variance with Zoning Board of Adjustment to have two single-family residential attached units (one in each parcel) in an R1D zoning district that only allows single-family residential detached.
  2. Arlington Recreation Center Mural: This is a community review for an art project on a city owned wall.

Why:  SSSNA is a Registered Community Organization (RCO) through the Department of City Planning to provide input and feedback on local development activities and planning procedures in partnership with community stake holders.

Where: This will be a virtual Zoom meeting. The meeting zoom link will be sent via email to the SSSNA e-blast list before the meeting. If you do not receive it, please email to be added to the list or receive the Zoom meeting link.

For more information about RCOs and DAMs, visit

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Arlington Recreation Center Mural Update

After sifting through the survey respondents feedback, the artist, Roberto Maxwell, tried to incorporate as many elements as possible. What do you think?

Of the 75+ people who attended the South Side Slopes summer picnic, the biggest feedback was to incorporate some animals into the forest. Please let us know if you have any further feedback for us!

We are hoping to finalize the design and present at the Pittsburgh Art Commission for review in September. 

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Slopes Summer Picnic

Join the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association’s summer picnic on Tuesday, July 11, once again at the Bandi Schaum Community Garden. We’re excited to announce that the awesome La Palapa Food Truck will once again be serving up delicious tacos throughout the event starting at 6:30pm. Bring your family and friends to mingle with neighbors, make new connections, and savor the flavors of summer. Mark your calendars and join us for an fun evening of community and great food.

Tacos are free! Bring a chair or blanket and a beverage or dessert to share!

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Vote for the 1st Annual SSSNA Flower Contest

Help us pick the best flowers on the South Side Slopes! Vote for your favorite below by commenting here!

Want to walk and see the gardens in person? Follow the map!

Winners will be announced at the South Side Slopes picnic on Tuesday, July 11th!

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Arlington Rec Center Mural Feedback

You responded to the survey, now come see the initial results! We will have Roberto Maxwell, our local artist, on hand to display some options for the mural, and we will be answering questions and taking feedback!
We will have a table set up outside the Arlington Recreation Center from 5-7pm on Monday June 26. Hope to see you there!
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Enter the South Side Slopes Flower Contest and Showcase Your Green Thumb!

Do you love to garden? Are you excited to show off your green thumb this year? Then enter the South Side Slopes Flower Contest, open to all Slopes residents!

Focusing on the front-facing façade of your home, we will have prizes for:
1) Best Simple Planter (for those with little space but go above and beyond with a single pot or window box)

2) Best Front Garden (for those who have more than a simple planter and want to go all in)

3) Most Popular (where your vote will determine the best out there!)

To be eligible, your garden space must be at least 80% green. We love a good statue, but we want to see your green thumbs at work!

Submissions must be in by Wednesday, June 14th with garden spaces to be ready to photograph by Friday, June 30th. 

Voting will occur between July 5th to July 10th and winners will be announced at our annual community picnic at Bandi Schaum Community Garden on July 11th.

Feeling like trekking it? Maps will be available on Social Media around July 5th to help you explore the beautiful gardens and enjoy the scenery.

The South Side Slopes Flower Contest aims to beautify the neighborhood and showcase the gardening talents of our residents. Whether you have a small space or a grand front garden, we want to celebrate your efforts and inspire others in our community. By participating in the contest, you can contribute to a more vibrant and welcoming neighborhood for everyone.

Click here to enter!

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Meet the Candidates – Primary 2023

The South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association invites you to meet the candidates  running for City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County public offices. Learn about the issues that are important to them and our community.

Tuesday, May 9, 2023
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Meeting starts at 7 p.m.
Kollar Club (3226 Jane Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203)

Candidates attending:

  • Rachael Heisler – City Controller
  • Nina Ricciardi – District Magistrate
  • Bob Charland – City Council, District 3
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Slopes March Meeting & Board Elections

Agenda includes:
Board Elections and Committee Updates

The meeting will be on Tuesday March 14th at 6:30pm IN PERSON at St Paul of the Cross Monastery in the Slopes.

We have openings on the board! If you are interested in joining the your neighbors to help improve the South Side Slopes, please contact

Voting Members of SSSNA are eligible to vote at the March Annual Meeting. Voting Members must be eighteen years old or older and have attended at least two meetings, events, or activities convened by the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association in the past year. (See By Laws, Article IV, Section 1.)

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