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Why Should You Join Observatory Hill?

We are fortunate to live in one of the safest and most beautiful neighborhoods in Pittsburgh.

Observatory Hill, Inc. cares about you and works hard to protect the things and places we all love and continue to improve our quality of life. Amazing things get accomplished by neighbors getting together and recognizing the problems, forming a plan of action, and working to solve them. We are fortunate to have a strong neighborhood group and a direct opportunity to affect change. 

Observatory Hill, Inc. advocates for the preservation and improvement of Riverview Park—one of the jewels of our city, and the crown of the Northside.  Currently, we are pressing the city to make much-needed improvements to the playground at the park.  OHI partners with neighbors who work together to plant the gardens and to organize special volunteer projects to better the trails and amenities at the park.

Observatory Hill, Inc. is focused on commercial revitalization and housing preservation and development.  We are constantly looking for ways to positively impact our neighborhood, and have formed a Neighborhood Improvements Committee to focus on blighted commercial and residential properties, absentee landlords and safety issues, with a goal to attract business owners and new residents to our neighborhood.

Making our neighborhoods safe is always a priority.  With the assistance of Councilwoman, Darlene Harris, we have installed one set of security cameras in the business district, and are working on a second set of cameras.  We also work closely with the Northside Public Safety Committee and the Police Department, as well as Pittsburgh Public Schools to address specific crime issues and public safety matters as they arise. Observatory Hill enjoys the lowest crime rate in the city, and we are working hard to maintain that status.

Most people don’t realize that when neighborhoods crumble around them and quality of life erodes, it is their lack of involvement that allowed it to happen. Most people also don’t realize that when their neighborhood is improving, it is only because some of their neighbors are getting involved.

It doesn’t matter if you own or rent, all residents of Observatory Hill benefit from the beauty, cohesiveness, and friendliness of this special place.  Living in this neighborhood is more like living in a suburb or a park than in the an urban neighborhood of a big city.   If you take a stroll along any of our shaded streets, or through the trails of Riverview Park, there is a good chance that you will meet people you know and pass neighbors who will be happy to smile and say hello.

It is now time for you to get involved

Get involved--for yourself, your family, and your neighbors, for your neighborhood and this city. You can start small —join as a member today to support the many efforts of Observatory Hill, Inc.  Attend our monthly board meetings, held on the third Wednesday of each month.  Find out what’s going on, bring your concerns, if you have any, but mostly, meet your neighbors. Find out about neighborhood activities, meet your elected representatives, learn about development projects and community improvement activities. Let us know about your issues and voice your concerns.  Start a cleanup project or community activity—OHI is here to help you garner resources and spread the word.  Your voice is important to us, and we hope you will join OHI and attend our meetings.  You will learn something, enjoy yourself, and make new friends and have the satisfaction that you are one of the reasons that Observatory Hill is a stellar neighborhood.

Click on the Membership Form button below to complete the application, then click the Membership Payment button to make an electronic donation via  Paypal.  If you prefer to mail a check, you can send it to:  Observatory Hill, Inc., P.O. Box 100247, Pittsburgh, PA 15233.


About Observatory Hill

Observatory Hill is nestled along the eastern rim of stunning Riverview Park.  Founded in 1894 by the former City of Allegheny, Riverview Park showcases the lush, wooded, and rolling Western Pennsylvania terrain.  The park’s central historic landmark, Allegheny Observatory,
sits on the highest elevation point in the park and offers wonderful views of downtown Pittsburgh and the Ohio River Valley from its steps.  The natural stonework of the park’s walls and structures dates back to the Great Depression and the public building projects of the 1930s.  The historic stone features harmonize with Riverview’s distinctive natural landscape.

 A century ago, urban planners began to focus on “Garden City” concepts to bring nature into the city. These ideas are realized in Observatory Hill’s city living experience.  We have limitless opportunities just minutes from our homes to connect with nature, exercise, and socialize with friends and neighbors.  Popular activities in the park include hiking and nature walks, dog walks and runs, bird watching, running, tennis, cycling, swimming, horseback riding, free movies, and jazz concerts.

As you visit the wide avenues and winding wooded roads of Observatory Hill, you will experience a special residential neighborhood featuring unique architecture that harmonizes with the beautiful natural landscape around.

Contact Us

Observatory Hill, Inc.
P.O. Box 100247
Pittsburgh, PA 15233

Meetings are the Third Wednesday of the Month, 7:00 PM.

Byzantine Seminary, Rear Entrance
3605 Perrysville Avenue, 15214

Phone: 412.736.2489
Email: Ohipgh@gmail.com

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