2018 Vendor Application for the Lawrenceville Independence Day Celebration

Lawrenceville Independence Day Celebration Food Vendor Form 2018 

We are interested in collecting information from businesses who would like to participate as a food vendor in the Annual Independence Day Celebration.

Above, please find a form to fill-out to give us a sense on what you can provide.  Our Lawrenceville Fireworks Committee will review this information collected by all applicants and determine who will be the best fit for our annual celebration.

Before you fill out the application, please take a moment to review the information below, thus allowing for a more complete application. Applications will be accepted up until 4/30/2018 and can be mailed to Lawrenceville United at 118 52nd Street, Suite 2026, Pittsburgh, PA 15201 or emailed to info@LUnited.org.

  • The Annual Independence Day Celebration takes place on the Saturday either before or after July 4th. This year, it will be on June 30th, 2018 with a rain date of Sunday, July 1st. Participating vendors must be available for both dates.
  • The day starts at 11a and continues through the fireworks event at approximately 9:30pm.
  • Over 3,000 people attend the event
  • Vendor spots come in 2 sizes:
    • Large – $300.00
      • We typically have 2 large vendors. These vendors serve the majority of the food and beverages to the attendees.
      • Food typically consists of hamburgers, hot dogs, pulled pork, etc.
    • Small – $150.00
      • These vendors are more for specific food types, i.e. dessert, taco, pizza.
    • NO vendors are allowed to sell water until notified by Lawrenceville United.
    • Vendors must notify the Lawrenceville Fireworks Committee immediately upon any changes, especially menu additions.
    • Vendors are asked to provide some kind of vegetarian option where applicable.
    • Vendors must supply ALL of their needed equipment and staff, including tents and paper products.
      • 1-2 tables can be provided if arranged in advance.
    • Vendors may continue to sell after sunset ONLY if they bring lights for their area.
    • Vendor set-up begins at 8a. If you need access to the park prior, please let Lawrenceville United know.

Help us raise money for a new slide and play equipment at Duncan Park

We’ve heard from residents, loud and clear, that creating play opportunities at Duncan Park is a neighborhood priority. We want to make that happen, and we want to build it together. Lawrenceville United (LU) has been engaged in a multi-year effort to revitalize Duncan Park, a City of Pittsburgh park decommissioned in May of 2014, and transform it into a community orchard, garden, and play space. The next big step in this project is to install a 12 foot long embankment slide into the hillside at Duncan Park. The slide will be the centerpiece of the proposed new play equipment, and we need your help to make it a reality in 2018.

Our goal is to raise $5,000 by the end of the day, April 13th. To make a donation visit our crowdfunding webpage.

Over the many years of work at this site, a dedicated group of volunteers have planted over one dozen fruiting trees which will grow by the year. We have already made significant progress with the installation of a mural at Duncan Park in 2017, painted with neighborhood children, which activates the paved lot to create opportunities to play deck hockey and four square. 2017 also saw the installation of a sensory garden and wildflower meadow on site. We look forward to another year of progess at Duncan Park, and hope that you will join us.

The Upper Lawrenceville Community Visioning planning process identified Duncan Park as a site for a community greenspace. Over a series of community meetings the concept further developed to make Duncan Park a community orchard, featuring gardens and native fruiting trees, and to include natural play elements which work with the existing features on the site, and ensure that the park will continue to be a gathering place for families and children as well. All funds raised will go towards supporting play equipment at Duncan Park.

Welcome Lucy Powell!

Please give a warm welcome to Lucy Powell, our new Community Organizer with PEP Rally! Lucy comes to Lawrenceville United with a background in out-of-school time programming for children and teens, and is passionate about education policy and issues impacting immigrant and refugee families.

Find out more about PEP Rally, our program to strengthen and support our neighborhood schools, on our website.

Now Accepting Tree Request Forms for Fall 2018

The Lawrenceville Tree Tenders are still accepting Tree Request Forms for plantings in Fall of 2018 and beyond through TreeVitalize! Fill out a Tree Request Form and return to:

City Forester/TreeVitalize Coordinator Dept. of Public Works
6520 Stanton Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Lawrenceville United
118 52nd St. Ste 2026, Pittsburgh, PA 15201
412-802-7220 p | 412-802-7223 f

By signing a Tree Planting Request Form, you, the property owner, agree that:

  • A City representative will inspect your location and determine whether it is an appropriate site for a tree(s) to be planted.
  • A City representative will determine an appropriate tree species for your location.
  • You will water the tree (approximately 20 gallons per week—the cost is less than $1 per year) April through November for two years or make arrangements for the tree to get watered each week.
  • You will protect your tree from damage by cars, lawn mowers, etc.
  • You will notify the City if the tree appears to be sick or damaged.
  • If the site requires it, you give permission for a tree pit to be cut in your sidewalk or pavement. ALL trees must be planted in a tree pit that is a minimum of 30 square feet (typically 3 ft x 10 ft). If you cancel the tree installation after signing this form and the pavement has been cut, you will be responsible for replacing the pavement at your expense.

You understand that:

  • Your request for a tree may be denied—not all sites are appropriate for tree planting.
  • The tree species for your location will be assigned.
  • Street trees and trees in the public right-of-way are the property and responsibility of the City of Pittsburgh. Trees planted outside of the public right-of-way are the responsibility of the property owner.
  • Only the City of Pittsburgh can authorize major pruning or removal of street trees.

Presentation from Duncan Park Kick-Off Meeting 2018

Duncan Park Kick-Off Presentation

Lawrenceville United hosted a kick-off community meeting on Duncan Park on Tuesday, March 6th at the Goodwill Workforce Development Center, 118 52nd Street. Duncan Park is a decommissioned City of Pittsburgh Park currently in the process of transformation to a community orchard and neighborhood play space. The project is led by a dedicated group of volunteers, neighbors, families, and Lawrenceville United.

Plans for 2018 include the installation of a slide as well as other play equipment which uses the natural features of the site.

Attendees can learn more about the project’s history and the timeline for improvements in 2018, give feedback, and find out ways to get involved in Duncan Park this summer. Volunteer roles might include helping with fundraising, gardening, playscape installation, organizing group play opportunities, and more.

You can join Lawrenceville United for monthly work-days at Duncan Park, every 4th Monday of the month from 5:30 pm onward. Contact info@LUNITED.org for more information.

Banners on Butler St for Veterans & Active Servicemembers, 3/20


A group of residents is planning to recognize veterans and active service members with banners along Butler Street. The deadline has been extended, materials can submitted at a community meeting on Tuesday, March 20th @ 7 p.m. at the VFW Post 214, 316 52nd St. Banners are $143 each, and will be posted May through September.

Please fill out the application and submit with a check made out to VFW Post 214 with “banners” in the memo section. For more information, check out the frequently asked questions, or contact June Coyne Givens at 412-784-1954 or Aggie Brose at 412-782-4746.

Community Meeting on The Vandal’s Proposed Liquor License Transfer

Flyer for Community Meeting on The Vandal

[UPDATE] Notes from Community Meeting on The Vandal

Please join us on Monday, February 12th at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Lyceum, 333 45th Street for a community meeting on The Vandal’s proposed liquor license transfer for the restaurant.

As part of Lawrenceville United and Lawrenceville Corporation’s community process, you are encouraged to attend to learn more about the project, ask questions, and provide feedback.

Questions? Please call LU at (412) 802-7220.

Community Meeting on Driftwood Oven

Driftwood Oven Flyer

Please join us on Thursday, February 8th at 6:30 p.m. at 3615 Butler Street (formerly Matteo’s) for a community meeting on Driftwood Oven and a proposed liquor license transfer for the restaurant.

As part of Lawrenceville United and Lawrenceville Corporation’s community process, you are encouraged to attend to learn more about the project, ask questions, and provide feedback.

Questions? Please call LU at (412) 802-7220.

Now hiring: Lawrenceville Farmers’ Market Manager

Lawrenceville Farmers’ Market Manager Job Description

Lawrenceville Farmers’ Market Manager

Lawrenceville United is seeking a highly passionate, productive, strategic individual to join our team of dedicated community advocates and professionals as a part-time, seasonal Market Manager to manage and promote the Lawrenceville Farmers’ Market.


Lawrenceville United is an equal opportunity employer, committed to hiring and supporting a diverse workforce. Qualified individuals who bring diverse perspectives and represent marginalized communities are especially encouraged to apply.


About Lawrenceville United

Lawrenceville United (LU) is an inclusive, resident-driven community-based non-profit organization that works to improve and protect the quality of life of all Lawrenceville residents and stakeholders. LU envisions a safe, clean, green, healthy and diverse community where residents work together to shape the neighborhood’s future, while honoring Lawrenceville’s past. For more information on LU, please visit www.LUnited.org.


About the Lawrenceville Farmers’ Market

The mission of the Lawrenceville Farmers Market is to provide access to fresh, locally- produced foods for all Lawrenceville residents and visitors in an inclusive, vibrant, and safe community space. The Market aims to lower barriers to fresh, healthy food especially for low-income families, older adults, and individuals with food insecurity or low food access and to support the development of a strong and sustainable local food system with farmers and small business owners through incentive programs, community education, and outreach in the neighborhoods we serve.



The Lawrenceville Farmers’ Market’s Market Manager is responsible for the following:

  • Communications for the market, including the distribution of print materials in and around Lawrenceville, managing press coverage, updating directories, and maintaining activity on social media outlets
  • Vendor recruitment (previous experience working with farmers and food producers is preferred.)
  • Vendor outreach and coordination, including obtaining weekly updates from vendors during the season
  • Collection of dues and weekly record-keeping
  • Weekly operations of the market including oversight of farmers’ and managing the relationship with the market site’s property owner.
  • Oversee volunteers

In addition, the Market Manager is also expected to:

  • Attend meetings of the LFMAC as a liaison between the LFMAC and the market/ vendors and assist the committee with research for market best practices and potential funding sources
  • Engage in fundraising activities and special event planning
  • Keep track of and maintain relationships with local sponsors, and special event performers



The ideal candidate should have the following skills and resources:

  • Good organization skills, attention to detail, and the ability to self-direct and manage
  • Ability to see the larger picture and think creatively about challenges and solutions
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, strong experience with electronic news publications and social media
  • Ability to forge relationships with all stakeholders, including vendors, customers, active community members, and Lawrenceville business owners
  • Demonstrated experience and passion for food and agriculture
  • Valid PA Drivers’ License
  • Willingness to work Saturdays for the 22 weeks of market.
  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds



Compensation is $15 per hour. The Market Manager is expected to work the following hours:

Pre-season (March-May, 13 weeks) 10-15 hours per week
Season (June-October, 22 weeks) 15 hours per week
Post-season (November and December) 5-10 hours per week

Submission criteria:
Please send resume and cover letter to info@lunited.org.

Vendor Application for the Lawrenceville Farmers’ Market, 2018 Season

We are now accepting vendor applications for the 2018 season of the Lawrenceville Farmers’ Market. Our growing market, located at Arsenal Park on Saturdays 1-4 pm, runs June through October and is always looking for more local farmers and food producers! Click on the link to download the application. Please complete and send to market@lunited.org. Feel free to reach out with any questions!

Vendor Application 2018