For over 120 years Second U.P. has been deeply involved in mission and service to the community. The church has, in cooperation with the Borough of Wilkinsburg, been caring for Taylor Park which adjoins the church property. With the aid of several local ecological and social justice organizations, as well as our own Boy Scout Troop 109, we have developed and maintained a fenced vegetable garden which we have now opened up to the community to grow their own produce. If you are interested in a FREE plot of your own, please contact us! Space is limited and we require a brief waiver for use of the garden.
In 2012, the church worked with the Borough of Wilkinsburg, the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation, Pittsburgh Permaculture, and the Carnegie Mellon School of Art to design and plant the gardens that beautify the park today.
The food forest contains 25 plum, apple, peach and pear trees along with various berry bushes. Some of the fruit trees are surrounded by permaculture plantings to enhance food production. The park also has a mediation and butterfly garden, as well as plenty of space for dog walking and enjoying outdoor recreation.