Green Playces: Northside
Program Area: ReClaim
Topic: Community Engagement, Vacant Land, Youth
Year: 2015, 2016, Current
Neighborhood: California Kirkbride, Central Northside, Northside, Perry South
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!
Community Driven Design Isn’t Just for Adults-GTECH Blog June 2015
Grant program helps give vacant lots a future use-Post-Gazette: July 7, 2015
Homewood Residents Young and Old Give Input on the Next Green Playce-GTECH Blog July 2015
Biking: “Two Wheels Lots of Green” takes unique approach-Post Gazette: August 15, 2015
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.
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