UPMC Recognized for Keeping Crossroads Park Green

By Martin Kinnunen

UPMC will receive the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s 2012 Community Greening award for the development of Crossroads Park, a parcel of “green space” near UPMC Montefiore where community members, staff, visitors, and patients can enjoy a break in a calming outdoor environment.

“I am extremely proud of our team for their work on this project,” says John Krolicki, vice president of Facilities and Support Services at UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside. “Through their efforts and the contributions of others, our patients, their families, and our own associates have been able to enjoy a quiet green area in the heart of our Oakland campus.”

Crossroads Park was one of 89 sites nominated for the award, which will be presented at a Nov. 11 reception at the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.

Located on a hillside at Darragh and Terrace streets, Crossroads Park opened in April 2010. Its development is rooted in the early 1980s, when the late Ron Forsythe, a UPMC vice president, pledged to neighborhood residents that the lot would not be developed.

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