Aspinwall is a borough on the Allegheny River in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States, and is part of the Pittsburgh Metro Area. It is essentially a residential place. The population was 2,801 at the 2010 census.
In the mid-1880s, the area which is now Aspinwall was primarily owned by the descendants of James Ross, but as the steel industry was thriving in Pittsburgh, Henry Warner, superintendent of the Allegheny County Workhouse, had the idea of creating a residential community along the bank of a river.
Warner traveled to New York to discuss the idea with Annie Aspinwall. He purchased 155 acres of land from her and formed the Aspinwall Land Company in 1890. Pittsburghers, mostly from the upper-middle class, purchased lots from the 60 available home sites. By 1890, the town had 400 residents, most of whom were young couples with children. Aspinwall was officially incorporated as a borough on December 28, 1892.
Aspinwall was served by Pittsburgh Railways streetcar service 94 Aspinwall from 1910 until November 12, 1960, when the service was discontinued on the closure of the 62nd Street Sharpsburg Bridge. This was replaced by the Senator Robert D. Fleming Bridge which did not have streetcar tracks.
Current Aspinwall News
Governor Wolf has issued a Stay-at-Home order for a number of counties, including Allegheny County. There is no curfew in place, but the order went into place yesterday at 8 PM and is in effect for two weeks. This order emphasizes that individuals in the county, to the extent possible, should stay at home and distance themselves from others. There is no change to the life-sustaining businesses and waivers that have previously been in place, or to the requirements for restaurants to limit their operations to take-out and delivery.
What does Stay at Home mean?
Individuals may leave their residence only to perform any of the following allowable individual activities and allowable essential travel:
• Tasks essential to maintain health and safety, or the health and safety of their family
• Getting necessary services or supplies for themselves, for their family or household members, or as part of volunteer efforts, or to deliver those services or supplies to others to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences
• Engaging in outdoor activity, such as walking, hiking or running if they maintain social distancing
• To perform work providing essential products and services at a life-sustaining business
For the safety of our EMS, Police and Firefighters, if you are quarantined, under self-quarantine or have tested positive for COVID-19 please contact Josh Worth, Chief of Foxwall EMS at 412-266-9648. This information will remain confidential.
“Help Your Neighbor”
System Sign-Up for COVID-19
The CDC states that older adults and individuals with serious chronic medical conditions are at higher risk for serious illness from Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), and recommends that community leaders establish a system "to ensure vulnerable and hard-to-reach community members stay connected to COVID-19-related news and services."
With that in mind Aspinwall Borough officials encourage residents "check on and help elderly neighbors." For residents who don't know their immediate neighbors, Aspinwall staff and officials will try to help match members of vulnerable populations to willing community volunteers who can provide check-in phone calls, share information, and POSSIBLY help with services such as shopping, picking up/delivering medicine, cooking a meal, etc. We will match people based on services needed/offered and location.
If you're interested in being matched with a neighbor either as a member of a high risk population, or as a community volunteer, complete the “Help Your Neighbor” form below or contact the Borough office at 412-781-0213 between 10 a.m. & 3 p.m. M-F.
Note: This information will remain confidential and will not be used for any other purpose; no information will be shared with other residents until permission is granted from the match. Please tell your neighbors that they can also sign up by emailing email@example.com --help us get word out to hard-to-reach folks!
Residents if you or one of your neighbors need help in securing groceries or supplies please call the Borough office between 10 a.m & 3 p.m. M-F. We are also trying to identify any shut-ins or elderly residents who may need additional assistance, if this is you or anyone you know please call.
We are also asking for residents to stop
swapping books, puzzles and used items. COVID-19 has been found to live on surfaces for several days. Finally, continue to stay home as much as possible, if you are out change into clean clothes when you get home! And, finally wash your hands and surfaces you touch often.