One of the initial projects of the Monroeville Foundation was to provide a mechanism for naming rights to accompany the new Monroeville Community Park West. Persons or businesses on a can have a space or facility named after them and have their own historical landmark of in Monroeville.
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Neighbors in Monroeville's Third Ward came together over concern of the way their their neighborhood entrance plan had deteriorated. Years of forgotten upkeep around twin brick entrance walls resulted in heavy weed and vine overgrowth. They learned of the Monroeville Foundation's neighborhood grants through their member of council and applied for a grant to cover refurbishing costs (up to $350). They decided drought resistant perennials, some bulbs and other colorful ground covers would require less upkeep, once neighbors came together. Grant costs still came in under budget to acquire weed barrier materials, plantings and ground cover planting purchased from a local nursery. The result was a success. During the work, the entranced problem also called attention to the steep slopes that were felt a danger. This prompted the municipality to install guide-rail (obtained from the country at no cost). Meadowdale neighbors got a brand new entrance look and safer entry to the neighborhood. Neighbors who were not physically able to dig the soil helped to raise money for a new "Meadowdale" sign for both brick walls.
In 2011, the idea of supporting a food garden behind the public library was born, and the buzz as to how "permaculture" * designed garden and landscape would add to the Monroeville Public Library. Library patrons already attend monthly programs on sustainability at the library, where this idea formed. Now, patrons can enjoy this garden each year. The food pantry garden started as an example of serving community in a sustainable way. Volunteers, after making application to be recognized by the USDA criteria, were able to certify that the place they volunteered to raise produce was recognized as a "People's Garden". Thus far, it is the sole People's Garden in Southwest Pennsylvania.
For the last five years, the garden's volunteers provided organic produce for the local community food pantries (hypertext link to Pittsburgh Post Gazette article). Initial support came from the Monroeville Foundation, assisted with money and materials by sponsors like Tyler Mountain Water and Municipal Solicitor Bruce Dice, Rutters Landscaping and Lowes. Garden volunteers are coordinated by founder and former councilwoman, Lois Drumheller. The garden organically produced organic fresh produce averaging 500 pounds per year. In 2014 820 pounds of organic produced assisted food pantries. A small group of volunteers distributed the produce equally to Pitcairn Food Pantry, Monroeville Assembly of God, Crossroads Presbyterian Pantry and Garden City Food Pantry. During it's 5th year, the garden aimed its focus as a pollinating garden for the bees, also a People Garden mission. Until more volunteers are able to support another food pantry, the mission will focus on what we also need for the bees. Girl Scout troop 665 earned their 2012 Bronze Badge with actively planting, decorating around plants and creating recipe cards to accompany healthy produce in 2012 to those in need. The garden is a also a bed of learning for all ages. To learn more about volunteering, visit the Monroeville Public Library.
With a need to give the garden a new sense of the same purpose, the Food Pantry Garden directed itself for 2015 as a Bee Pollinating Garden. More volunteers joined, some had to do less work. This led to a growing number interested in how the local bee population could be supported. Therefore, the garden area is now transformed into a gentle and beautiful garden space for pollination. A variety of bees, and other pollinators can be seen flocking to these herbs.
For years, the Monroeville Foundation granted funding for a master botanical gardener to provide the spectacular arrangement of annuals that is a vibrant section of horticulture at the Community Park West. The Monroeville Foundation hopes to continue funding this in the future. Many weddings take place in this lovely area of the Community Park West.
In 2011, The Monroeville Foundation was approached by one of the scouts in Troop 143 with plans for his Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project. His project consisted of constructing a water irrigation system at theBotanical Gardens in Monroeville's Community Park West. The Monroeville Foundation granted $657 of the funding for his project, which provides a watering system for the botanical garden area of the park. the project benefited the community and helped the Scout earn his Eagle Scout.
For the project, the Monroeville Foundation helped Jonathan complete the work on the community park's botanical gardens for tapping into the park's current water system and running irrigation to eleven of the twelve floer beds. Each bed had an underground valve box to host the values so that the people who water the plants could connect up soaker hoses to run and water the gardens. The Foundation funded all materials for Vinyl Pipe, Valves, Trencher, Valve Box, Soaker Hose and Adapters.
The Monroeville Animal Shelter is one of the few municipality-supported shelters in Allegheny County. They provide Animal Control for domestic animals and wildlife in both the Monroeville and Pitcairn areas. The shelter also provides homeless dogs and cats with a temporary residence until a permanent loving home is found.
In 2014, The Monroeville Foundation teamed up with the Monroeville Animal Shelter and is dedicated to assisting the shelter with its fundraising needs.
If you are considering adopting a pet...please contact the Monroeville Animal Shelter at 412-856-3355.