Story released by Allegheny Land Trust, 5/2/2024. Photo courtesy of Allegheny Land Trust.

After several years of coordinating with county, city, and community partners, we are excited to announce that our St. John’s Green Community Conservation Project in the Brighton Heights neighborhood of Pittsburgh is officially conserved!

Formerly the site of the St. John’s hospital, the land will now be conserved to serve as a neighborhood green space and natural stormwater management site. We will renovate and rehabilitate the site utilizing feedback gathered in community surveys and key stakeholder conversations. Improvements will support better ecological health, stormwater capture, and passive recreational enjoyment. Neighbors can expect to see significant site work, like native species plantings, invasive species removals, gravel walking path installations, and a stormwater capture meadow implemented on-site. See site plan below for details.

Financial support for this project came from PA DCED’s Watershed Restoration and Protection Program, PA DEP’s Growing Greener Program, PA DCNR’s Community and Watershed Forestry Program, Urban Redevelopment Authority’s Neighborhood Initiatives Fund, The Heinz Endowments, Hillman Foundation, McCune Foundation, Essential Foundation, Buhl Foundation, and individual donors from the surrounding community.

We look forward to continuing to work with the leadership and individuals from the community of Brighton Heights to maintain and improve this now-permanent community asset.