Slopes Summer Picnic


Join the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association’s summer picnic on Tuesday, July 9, 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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SSSNA Development Activities Meeting – June 25, 2024

South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association is hosting a virtual Development Activities Meeting (DAM) on Tuesday, June 25, 2024 at 5:30 p.m.

What:  1515 Saint Patrick St – Seeking to be certified by the Zoning Board of Adjustment for a legally non-conforming use as a two-unit residence in a Hillside zoning district, by demonstrating historic use as duplex

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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June Cleanup

Join us Wednesday June 12 for another cleanup with your neighbors!
Meet at Bandi Schaum Community Garden at 6pm. We will supply bags and gloves.
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2024 SSSNA Flower Contest

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 $100 giftcard prizes for:

  • Best Simple Planter – for those with little space but go above and beyond with a single pot or window box
  • Best Front Garden – for those who have more than a simple planter and want to go all in
  • Most Popular – where your vote will determine the best out there!

The space must be at least 80% green (we love a good statue but we want to see your green thumbs at work.) Also, it must be visible from the street or a public space.  

Submissions must be in by Sunday, July 28th, with garden spaces to be ready to photograph by Friday, August 9th. Photographs would likely be taken over the weekend of August 9th, or the next sunny day.


Voting will occur between August 26th to September 2nd and winners will be announced by Friday September 6th.

Feeling like trekking it? Maps will be available on Social Media around  August 26th.

Can’t wait to beautify the neighborhood with you!

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Slopes May Meeting

Agenda includes:
Committee Updates

The meeting will be on Tuesday May 14th at 6:30pm IN PERSON at the Kollar Club (3226 Jane St). 

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

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May 14, 2024 General Meeting Agenda

Join us at the Kollar Club (3226 Jane St., 15203) at 6:30pm on Tuesday May 14, 2024.

  1. Police Zone 3 update
  2. City Council Update
  3. Office of the Mayor update
  4. State’s 36th District update
  5. Mural at Arlington Recreation Center
  6. Summer Activities Announcements:
    1. Summer Flower Contest 2024
    2. Summer Picnic – 7/9/2024
    3. Goatfest – 7/27/2024
    4. National Night Out – 8/6/2024
  7. Committee Reports
    1. Beautification – June Cleanup – 6/12/2024
    2. StepTrek – Meeting 5/16/2024
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Slopes Spring Cleanup

Join us Wednesday April 10 for our first cleanup of the year!

Meet at Bandi Schaum Community Garden at 6pm. We will supply bags and gloves.

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Slopes 2024 Winter Survey Results

What You Love About the South Side Slopes!

Thanks to everyone who filled out the survey and especially to everyone attending our meetings and other events. We received 34 responses.

In general, everyone who responded loves living in the Slopes! Top highlights were the neighbors, the convenience and accessibility, and the natural environment combined with our amazing views.

There were 3 main areas of concerns, and honestly, none of them are a surprise. All of them we do attempt to address via the Neighborhood Association.

1. Infrastructure and Maintenance:

  • Road repairs and maintenance were mentioned by several respondents, indicating a desire for better road conditions.
  • Specific mentions include the need for improved snow/ice removal, repairing broken or uneven stairs, and addressing overgrowth on stairs.
  • The SSSNA encourages all neighbors to call 311 for these maintenance issues. If you are not getting a response, the office of city councilor Bob Charland can help you get heard.

2. Community Safety and Quality of Life:

  • Safety concerns were prominent, with mentions of speeding cars, violence, drug-related activities, and homeless encampments.
  • Traffic management and enforcement of parking rules were highlighted as areas needing improvement.
  • Suggestions were made for more community events and activities.
  • The SSSNA hopes to see you at our next general meeting, Summer picnic, or a future event! We always invite our elected officials to all our events.

3. Litter and Environmental Issues:

  • Several respondents expressed concerns about littering, trash, and the presence of abandoned properties.
  • Suggestions included more cleanup efforts, graffiti removal, and initiatives to tackle absentee landlords and vacant properties.
  • The SSSNA hosts cleanups throughout the warm seasons to help cleanup our neighborhood.

If you filled out the survey and specified that you were interested in cleanups, StepTrek or the board, we will make sure you are on the right lists, so you are notified how to get involved! If you are interested in getting more involved, please email

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2024 Slopes Board Updates

Annual SSSNA Meeting at the Kollar Club

The South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association (SSSNA) is excited to announce its updated Board of Directors as of our Annual meeting on March 12, 2024.

Re-elected board members were: Cara Jette, Gavin Robb, Lucia Sanchez-Madrigal, Jami Szalla, Marc Bowman and Andrew Fetzko. We also welcomed new board member, Hannah Lewandowski.

Hanna moved to Pittsburgh and directly into the Slopes in 2018 and immediately knew this was the part of the city she would stay in. Hannah enjoys reading, working out, and trying the best and newest places for a cup of coffee or happy hour. She brings her passion to sharing the Slopes neighborhoods to her work in real estate and political campaigns always convincing someone to become a new neighbor. 

There is now one opening for a Board positions. Please contact if you are interested in joining the Board or a committee. You must have attended 2 meetings or events in the last year to be eligible to join the Board of Directors.

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Slopes March Meeting and Board Elections

Agenda includes:
Board Elections and Committee Updates

The meeting will be on Tuesday March 12th at 6:30pm IN PERSON at the Kollar Club (3226 Jane St). 

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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