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Carrie Furnace Green
activities | after school | environment | greening | health | image | parks | post-industrial | promotions
A summary of the idea, the needs it serves, and a description of a possible pilot program
Pittsburgh's numerous industrial sites present opportunities for renewal.
The Carrie Furnace site on the Monongahela River should be reclaimed as a public green space complete with hiking trails, outdoor public art exhibits, a venue for concerts, parks, playgrounds and a museum dedicated to Pittsburgh's steel heritage. The site is currently owned by Allegheny County.
These ideals are integral to a successful project design
- improving environmental and public health
Possible difficulties, pitfalls, and obstacles to consider
- ownership/authority over the site
- cost from design to development to construction to maintenance
Learn more about the idea, from genesis to dialogue
The Carrie Furnace Green originated in room 433. Chuck, Lisa, Josh, Patrick, Laney, and Stevo put their names on it. During the first phase of online discussion, users mac and erin voiced strong support for the idea and provided references and links to similar parks in Germany and Boston.
Get to know these groups, organizations, projects, and authorities, their current and past activities, the possibility for consultation or partnership, and in-roads to collaboration.
- Allegheny County Parks Department
- Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
- Rivers of Steel
- Red Star Ironworks
- Steel City Biofuels
- Fossil Free Fuel
- PA CleanWays
These important questions are asked of each idea. Try your hand at answering them as a way to explore the idea and how to make it happen. Answers to these questions help to demonstrate the Idea's strength and potential for success.
- What level is the idea at? (Research, Planning, Fundraising, Advocacy, Deployment, other (explain))
- What is a reasonable next step/phase for the concept? How can investment move the idea forward?
- What other resources or opportunities are available or necessary to make the idea happen?
- What existing activities or organizations in Pittsburgh duplicate some or all of the program components? How can this idea compete with, complement, and/or learn from these other activities?
- Who should be included in this discussion? Does the concept call for outside consultation or assistance from other organizations?
- How should the idea be promoted?
- How should project success be measured?
- What questions should be asked of a proposal for this project?
These questions address some of the anticipated programmatic concerns that come with administering small projects. Consider them test questions for model projects-- responses should be incorporated into the project's design.
- Who will own the site and who will have access?
- How will the site be secured and safety enforced?
- What activities will occur at the park?
- How will the park look and who will design it?
- How will the idea be promoted to the public, government, and other funders?