Sharpsburg Neighborhood Organization is partnering with the Etna Economic Development Corporation, New Sun Rising, and sustainable architecture and consulting firm evolveEA to promote coordinated sustainable community development throughout the Boroughs of Millvale, Etna and Sharpsburg. With over 10,000 residents combined, our three Allegheny River towns are building on a strong collaborative history, including a shared 2014 multi-municipal joint comprehensive plan, to promote sustainable and equitable community development through the shared lenses of: Food, Water, Energy, Air Quality, Mobility, and Equity.
Initial focus projects include the local expansion of solar and other alternative energy generation technology, raising awareness of air quality issues and lessening indoor and outdoor air contaminants, and the preservation/expansion of affordable housing options through the creation of a local nonprofit Community Land Trust.
The Triboro EcoDistrict collaborative was recently awarded a $2.3 million grant from the Henry L. Hillman Foundation for sustainable and equitable development activities. For more information, check out our coverage in the Trib here.
Sharpsburg Community Vision Plan + Sharpsburg Ecodistrict
Launched in early 2019, the Sharpsburg Community Vision Plan combines community feedback and local/regional data with visionary urban planning advice to help our community get to where it wants to go. The plan organizes community priorities and potential projects through neighborhood districts, community principles, and the six underlying issue areas of equity, food, water, energy, air quality, and mobility.
Click here to read the plan! The printed plan is also available at the Sharpsburg Community Library.
SNO received funding to launch a community vision planning process in 2017 with the award-winning environmental and architectural design firm evolveEA. For over a year, the community engagement process has included widescale outreach to residents to solicit feedback and develop a consensus on the vision for our neighborhood's future. The completed Community Vision & Design Plan acts as the framework for SNO's five-year work plan and empowers the community to advocate for their shared goals when meeting with private developers and businesses.
Printed and bound copies of the plan are available for purchase here.
Sharpsburg Main & Canal Walking Route
In partnership with PA WalkWorks and the American Heart Association, and thanks to funding from Giant Eagle, in 2018 we cut the ribbon on a new 1.83-mile sidewalk walking route that highlights many of the historic and recreational assets of our borough. Today, the Sharpsburg Walkers team tracks its steps through the Walker Tracker app, competing with teams across Pennsylvania, and we're always looking for people interested in leading walking group outings around the route. For more information and to sign up, contact or visit the PA WalkWorks site.
Sharpsburg Fall Festival
SNO held its first Sharpsburg Fall Festival in October 2014 in Kennedy Park. The festivities included a petting zoo, pumpkin patch, balloon artist, horse-drawn trolley rides, hay maze, and other fun fall activities. Since that first fall festival, the annual event has continued to grow and attract more local businesses, organizations, makers, and performers each year.
The 2018 fall festival (Sharpsmeade: A Magical Sharpsburg Fall Festival) took place on Saturday, October 13th, from 11 am - 3 pm at Kennedy Park. For more information on volunteering, sponsoring next year's event, or hosting a booth, email Brittany Reno at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rain Barrels in Sharpsburg
In the spring of 2015 SNO teamed up with the kids at Volunteers of America's All of Us Care after-school program to "adopt" and paint ten rain barrels throughout the community for public use. Through a partnership with ARTEZ, DECO Resources, and StormWorks, we were also able to offer residents low-cost rain barrels with professional installation. The rain barrel project was generously funded through a grant from the Heinz Endowments. If you're interested in hosting one of the painted barrels at your home or business, contact email@example.com.
Sharpsburg Fight Blight Working Group (FBWG)
In November 2016, SNO kicked off its first resident working group, dedicated to fighting blight and improving property conditions throughout Sharpsburg, in partnership with Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group. The FBWG analyzed Sharpsburg blight and property survey data, studied best practices in blight remediation from across the country, and in spring 2017 developed a five-year resident-driven blight reduction plan to be implemented by SNO and supporting partners.
Targeted Home Repairs for Sharpsburg Homeowners in Need
In partnership with Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh, SNO funds critical targeted home repairs for Sharpsburg homeowners who are seniors, Veterans, or living with permanent disabilities. Click here for more information on applying for Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh's home repair program.
Weekly Green Grocer Produce Truck
Every Monday, all year round, the Green Grocer Truck stops in Sharpsburg at the library parking lot from 3:30-4:30 pm to offer affordable fruits, vegetables, and other produce items to residents. Special deals are available for customers using farmers market senior coupons and SNAP.
Sharpsburg Community-Wide Yard & Sidewalk Sale
In 2016, SNO hosted the first annual Sharpsburg Community-Wide Yard & Sidewalk Sale. More than 30 households participate every year in the new annual tradition, and visitors came to shop from across the county.
Resources for Prospective Sharpsburg Homeowners
In May 2016, SNO and Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group partnered to host the first annual Sharpsburg Homeowner Resource Fair & Open Homes Tour. Mortgage financing experts, recommended contractors, and other useful resources for first-time homebuyers filled the Linden Gym while actively listed homes were open throughout town for guided tours. We also partner with banks and nonprofits to offer first-time homebuyer workshops and financial management workshops. For more information on homeownership and housing resources, contact
SNO partners with a variety of organizations across Allegheny County to build our capacity and expand our impact on the quality of life in Sharpsburg.
Some of our current and past partners include:
New Sun Rising's Triboro EcoDistrict initiative
Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group's Reimagining Communities Initiative
Allegheny Conference on Community Development's Strengthening Communities Partnership
Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh
Public Allies Pittsburgh
Local Community Partners: the Sharpsburg Community Library, Roots of Faith, Sharpsburg Environmental Advisory Committee, Volunteers of America, Sharpsburg Borough, La Dorita, and more.
We love collaborating with other organizations that are doing good work for the people who call Sharpsburg home. If you have a partnership idea, click here to reach out to our team.