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Area—1.3 sq miles Population—Approx 9,000 Allegheny County Council District—8 Senatorial District—43 Legislative District—34 Congressional District—14
Jane Grey Swisshelm
The Borough of Swissvale is nestled on the eastern border of the City of Pittsburgh. Located in the historic "Steel Valley" along the Monongahela River, the area is diverse in every way. The town boasts many tree-lined streets with various sized and architecturally styled homes built between the late 1800s and today. The Borough of Swissvale is a safe, comfortable and quiet community with a full-time police department, full-time combination career and volunteer fire department as well as a full-service public works department. It has earned recognition as a certified “Sustainable Pennsylvania Community.” Incorporated in 1898, the borough has a rich and storied history. Swissvale was named in the 1840s by Jane Grey Swisshelm, a well-known abolitionist and women’s rights advocate. Jane married James, the son of John Swisshelm (1752-1838), who owned one of the farms where the town is now located. John Swisshelm served under General George Washington in the Revolutionary War and camped at Valley Forge.
Photo from: VisitPittsburgh.com
Swissvale’s convenient access to I-376, Braddock Ave. and the Port Authority’s East Busway places it just minutes from numerous business and leisure destinations:
Downtown Pittsburgh—including the Cultural District, Heinz Field, PNC Park, The Westin & Convention Center and much more!
Homestead—The Waterfront shopping and restaurants, Sandcastle Water Park and Great Allegheny Passage Trail access.
Regent Square Business District—Known for its assortment of fun and quirky shops and restaurants. Stroll over for breakfast, lunch or dinner, coffee, cupcakes, beer, yoga or Kung-Fu Karate.
Frick Park—Miles of hiking and biking trails, playgrounds, dog parks and more.
Pittsburgh’s many colleges and universities.
The Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium.
Kennywood and countless other recreational and cultural opportunities.
Since 1898, Kennywood Amusement Park continues to delight guests with its 31 major rides! Of the many fun things to do in PA with kids, nothing can compare to a day of rides, laughs and the great places to eat at Kennywood. The park is located just across the Monongahela River. Photo from: Kennywood.com
Frick Park is an ideal escape from the bustle and noise of the city. Dogs run free in several off-leash areas. Children can enjoy the famous Blue Slide Park Playground. The park also features red clay tennis courts, baseball fields and the only public lawn bowling green in Pennsylvania. Photo from: FrickPark.com
One of Pittsburghâ€™s premiere lifestyle and shopping destinations, The Waterfront boasts over 70 stores, restaurants, hotels and entertainment venues. The Great Allegheny Passage Trail is also accessible at multiple points. Photo by: Joe Wojcik
Commm Carnegie Free Library
One of the greatest benefits of living in Swissvale is the strong sense of community. There are many avenues for residents of all ages to meet and interact. The Carnegie Free Library has activities ranging from computer classes to book clubs to Wizard tournaments. Fresh local produce, prepared foods and gifts abound at Swissvale’s Farmers’ Market which was voted “Best Farmers’ Market” by Pittsburgh A-List. Many local interest groups like “Swissvale Moms” utilize social media to connect and support one another.
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Throughout the year, there are abundant opportunities to connect with others through annual events including: Lenten Fish Fry Events Easter Egg Hunt Farmerâ€™s Market The Swissvale Mile Community Days National Night Out Run Around The Square Car Cruise and Corn Roast Halloween Parade Night of Lights
The Swissvale Mile Photo by: Paul Richard Wossidlo Photography
Easter Egg Hunt Photo by: Porter Loves Photography
Whatever you are dreaming of, Swissvale has a house to fit your needs, desires and style. Elegant estates, single-family homes and condominiums line borough streets. Residents may enjoy views of the Monongahela River, Frick Park and downtown Pittsburgh. Housing prices range from the $50s to $400s and property values have continued to increase over the last decade as buyers discover the convenience and affordability that the borough offers. Homes range from move-in ready to fixer-uppers that offer unique customization opportunities. Newly renovated houses, such as the one pictured here to the right, showcase the hidden potential in many of the areaâ€™s older homes. Photos by: Mon Valley Initiative
P R Photo by: Melissa Jenereski
Take a hike, walk your dog, go for a run or ride a bike through nearby Frick Park.
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Swissvale is home to many beautiful parks within easy walking distance for residents. Amenities include play structures, picnic tables and pavilions, ball fields with snack bars and bathrooms. Memorial Park & Pavilion is available for residents to reserve for parties, gatherings and sporting events.
The Wilkins School Community Center provides a variety of classes including fitness, dance, music, art and cultural programs. WSCC also offers a children’s play space, a community herb garden, affordable rental spaces and more.
Photos from: wsccpgh.org
Sports teams including football, girls’ softball, youth baseball and soccer help youth and adults be active and have fun. The Golden Flashes youth football team was invited to participate in the national football tournament in Canton, OH. Swissvale Girls’ Softball The Orioles won the U15 league championship in 2015 & 2016.
Located in scenic Edgewood Borough, Edgewood Primary School serves students from Swissvale, Edgewood, Forest Hills, Braddock Hills and Rankin in kindergarten through 3rd grade. Its convenient location makes it a favorite school among Swissvale families. A fullday Pre-K program is also available.
The Academy was opened in 2009 as a Woodland Hills magnet school. Academy faculty utilize new, researchbased teaching methods and curriculum. Students enter a lottery in order to attend the state-of-the-art school, which was completely renovated in 2015. Approximately 500 students and 50 teachers inhabit the school, which includes grades K-8.
The Woodland Hills Intermediate school houses students in 4th-6th grades from the entire district. This limited population allows for greater focus on student development. Classes emphasize STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) and students have the benefit of â€œMaker Spacesâ€? where they can experience hands-on learning.
S chools The Woodland Hills School District serves over 3,800 students in kindergarten through 12th grade from 12 municipalities in eastern Allegheny County. WHSD believes its strength resides in the diversity of those communities. Students are the district’s first priority. Each student receives an excellent educational experience that is driven by the highest expectations and prepares students for meaningful participation in all facets of society. There are many great things to be said about WHSD, but here are just a few:
Award-winning high school: US News & World Report Bronze Winner (2014, 2015 & 2016).
Award-winning musicals, band, and art shows. Woodland Hills High School musicals have received the prestigious Gene Kelly Award 97 times (including eight for Best Musical) and was nominated an amazing 188 times.
Robust athletic program with premier facilities. The football team has been ranked nationally, and its stadium — the Wolverina — has been named one of the top 10 places to watch a high school football game in the United States by both USA Today and ESPN.com.
Photos by: WHSD
Charters, Private and Parochial Schools Families in Swissvale can also take advantage of many school choices in the immediate vicinity. Some of the educational options include:
Environmental Charter School Propel Schools (various campuses)
Shady Side Academy Winchester Thurston School
Central Catholic East Catholic School Oakland Catholic Pittsburgh Urban Christian School Sr. Thea Bowman Catholic Academy Trinity Christian School Universal Academy of Pittsburgh
Public Works The Department of Public Works provides services that keep the community looking beautiful and running smoothly including road maintenance, recycling and garbage collection, snow and leaf removal and street sweeping.
Fire Department “Your safety is our focus!” is the motto of the Swissvale Fire Department. Besides fire, rescue and Advanced Life Support Emergency Medical Services, the SFD provides fire safety training, CPR certification, building inspection and code enforcement. The combination career and volunteer department has one of the fastest response times in the county. It boasts an ISO PPC Class 3 rating, placing it in the top 1% of PA’s 2,400 fire departments.
S ervices Police Department Staffed by both full and partâ€“ time officers, the Swissvale Police Department patrols the safe, quiet neighborhoods that residents enjoy. Swissvale is one of the few municipalities in the area that utilizes not just one, but two K-9 officers. Widely recognized for their advanced search and recovery skills, K-9s are also beneficial for situation de-escalation. Swissvaleâ€™s K-9s can often be found assisting in neighboring communities.
Borough Contact Guide www.SwissvaleBorough.com Administrative Services 7560 Roslyn Street (412) 271-7101 Fax: (412) 271-5441 Public Works, Trash and Recycling (412) 271-0350 Fire, Police and Medical Emergency 9-1-1 Fire Department (Non-emergency) Building, Zoning and Code Enforcement 7400 Irvine Street (412) 271-0448 Police Station (Non-emergency) (412) 271-6666 Animal Control Sable Kennel (412) 660-2350 Towing and Impounding Culgan Towing (412) 271-7160 Tax Office Thomas Barr (412) 351-3342