Green Playces: Northside

Program Area: ReClaim

Topic: Community Engagement, Vacant Land, Youth

Year: 2015, 2016, Current

Neighborhood: California Kirkbride, Central Northside, Northside, Perry South

Project Updates

We are proud to announce our first Green Playce partnership on the Northside with Propel Schools:Northside.

The project has a final design and the volunteer days have been scheduled.   Come out and volunteer to build an outdoor classroom for the Propel Northside Students: Check back for a few more volunteer days to finish up the site.

Design for our next site in Homewood is underway!


Green Playces Logo

About Green Playces: Northside

Location:  Columbia Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Primary Partner: Propel Schools: Northside

Additional Partners:  APOST, Girls Scouts of Western PA, Northside Common Ministries

Current Phase: Final Construction Phase:

The first of 5 Green Playces, our Northside site is located on Columbia Place, just off of Brighton Road in the Central Northside, near adjacent neighborhoods California-Kirkbride and Perry South.  The site, owned by Propel Schools, will house a stage, a couple of activity stations for environmental learning, a living tunnel, vertical planters, and more!


We’ve been hard at work building out the North Side site for the past couple of weeks but still have more work to do.  Come out and help our first Green Playce come to life!


Our kid-centered design process involved imaginative drawings of pool parties, winter boxes and “ninja gardens.”  After this flurry of creativity, we honed in on the most important (but still buildable) concepts to come up with our final design, below.  For more information about the design process, check out our blog.

Propel Northside Final Design

We are coordinating a dedication of the site for the first few weeks of September.  If you are interested in access to the site for your group or neighbors who live close by the site please contact Propel Schools:Northside

“It’s a great opportunity for us,”  “Besides academics, it’s important to us to interact with the community.”

— Jeremy Resnick, Executive Director of the Propel Schools Foundation


Kids Design Charrette
Design Options
Design Charrette

3rd Graders Dream Up Ideas

Likes and Dislikes

Exploring Three Options

Community Input

Students present the final design

Volunteer Day, 7/17/2015

Volunteer Day 7/17/15

Volunteer Day 8/7/15

Volunteer Day 8/7/15

Volunteer Day 8/7/15

Work Day 8/14/15

Work Day 8/14/15

Sump seats and Stage

Propel Northside Staff Volunteer Day

Propel Northside Staff Volunteer Day

Vertical Planter and Flowers Propel Green Playces Northside