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
Aspinwall Flea Market
New Vendor Rules
Opening Aspinwall Parks
The Borough will be opening Fireman’s Park and Killian Field to the public starting Monday, May 11th for our residents to responsibly enjoy our green spaces. The playground will continue to be closed until further notice. We are asking that everyone follows the rules of safety suggested by the CDC.
•Stay at least six feet from others at all times.
•Wear a mask while in public
•Avoid gathering with others outside of your household.
•Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
•Bring hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol to use if soap and water are not available.
•Dogs are NOT permitted in Killian Field! Leashed dogs are permitted in Fireman’s Park.
DO YOU NEED HELP?
Current circumstances got you down? Worried about bills and finances? Concerned about the kids?
Please know that you are not alone. The leaders of our Aspinwall churches are here to help you confidentially navigate the uncertainty and stress of the current circumstances. Membership in the congregation is not a requirement for seeking assistance.
If you need an empathetic ear, guidance or assistance, please call:
Aspinwall Presbyterian Church:
Reverend Scott Hill
Aspinwall United Methodist Church:
Pastor Valerie Wilson
St. Scholastica Parish:
Father Dale DeNinno
412-963-8885 Extension 304
Father Mike Decewicz
Father Bill Siple
In addition to the local clergy, there are numerous other resources available. Did you know...
Bread of Life Food Pantry A Ministry of Calvert Memorial Presbyterian Church
94 Locust Street
Roots of Faith (Weekly Food Distribution)
800 Main Street
Sharpsburg, PA. 15215
Resolve Crisis Hotline
(Answers 24 hours a day; 365 Days a year)
Free to all residents of Allegheny County
Suicide Prevention Hotline
(Answers 24 hours a day)
“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!
Can you help?
We are “home bound” until the middle of May. For those of you fortunate enough to be able to work from home, please take a moment and think of all of the people who do not have that option. They have been laid off, many with no nest egg to see them through 8 weeks of an economic shutdown. The PA Office of Unemployment has been over whelmed and under prepared to process over 1.2 million applications since March15,2020. Many of the recently unemployed continue to struggle to make their way through the system.
The Aspinwall community churches, Aspinwall Presbyterian Church, Aspinwall United Methodist Church and St. Scholastica Parish, have agreed to assist those in our area that may need additional assistance. Our church leaders will assist with the distribution of Giant Eagle gift cards to local area residents and parishioners in need. As you are no doubt aware, the food banks cannot meet all of the needs that our local families may have and the ability to acquire items such as soap, shampoo, laundry detergent, diapers etc. would be extremely helpful. But, to get the resources to those in need, the churches will need your help. Would you consider purchasing a Giant Eagle gift card for a family in need on your next trip to the grocery store?
Please drop your gift card or cash donation in the silver payment box at the Boro Building.