Program Area: ReClaim
Topic: Community Engagement, Vacant Land, Youth
Year: 2015, 2016, Current
Neighborhood: Allegheny County
We are proud to announce our first two Green Playce partnerships with the following Neighborhoods:
The Northside project is wrapping up, and the Homewood Project is beginning to take shape. Check out the links below for information on each volunteer day. Come out and volunteer to build an outdoor educational space for the youth in Homewood.
- September 14th: 9:00-2:00pm. Join us on our 1st volunteer day
- September 28th: 9:00-2:00pm. Join us on while we build out the Homewood Project.
Community Driven Design Isn’t Just for Adults-GTECH Blog June 2015
Grant program helps give vacant lots a future use-Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 7, 2015
Homewood Residents Young and Old Give Input on the Next Green Playce– GTECH Blog July 2015
About Green Playces
Two important conclusions came out of the 2014 Youth in Green report:
- Communities with the most amount of vacant, blighted land have little-to-no environmentally-focused youth educational activities.
- Green space in close proximity to existing youth facilities is important. The absence of it perpetuates a deep disconnect between youth and their physical environment.
Using those conclusions, GTECH designed a program to take action against blight, connect young people to fun, open green spaces and use those spaces as a platform for environmental education.
Starting in the spring of 2015, GTECH will design and build a Green Playce with support from residents and partners in 5 different neighborhoods across the City of Pittsburgh. The projects and programming will conclude in fall of 2016. Green Playces include outdoor classrooms, outdoor kitchens, or play spaces incorporating green infrastructure based on community input and design.
Green Playces Sites
Propel Northside Outdoor Classroom Design and Propel Students using the site for the 1st time.