EN-GAGE (Greater Allegheny Garden Experience)

Program Area: Ambassador Project, ReClaim

Topic: Vacant Land

Year: 2015, Current

Neighborhood: McKeesport

Parent Project:

Project Updates

The site as of May 28th 

News/Press Coverage

Greater Allegheny to Create Garden Experience.

Penn State News | April 29, 2015

A group from Penn State Greater Allegheny is creating a garden that will serve as a “gateway” to the campus. Read more. 

Dr. Alandra Kahl is a professor at Penn State Greater Allegheny. She and fellow PSUGA Professor, April, have teamed up to turn a vacant piece of land at the entrance to campus into a more welcoming community and outdoor learning space. Their project – EN-GAGE – Greater Allegheny Garden Experience– hopes to create a relaxing space that blends campus life into the community of McKeesport.  The space will also serve as an outdoor lecture area and a place to facilitate group discussions.

They are excited to give their students the opportunity to be involved in their community through this project.

Currently, Alandra is collecting feedback and input from students, community members and anyone interested in her project. Fill out her survey to contribute ideas, suggestions or to contact Alandra to find out how you can get involved.

“My hope is to foster collaboration between the campus and the community.”

— Alandra Kahl, ReClaim McKeesport Ambassador

Broadway Avenue, McKeesport, PA 15131, USA

alandra design

Alandra and April, with the help of local designers, created the design for their project.

Alandra and April, ReClaim Gothic.

April, a professor at PSUGA with ReClaim Ambassador and fellow Professor Alandra on their site with their design.

The site is right at the main entrance to campus.

The soon-to-be walking path on the site.

Volunteers from the University on a recent workday.

A volunteer on a recent workday digs holes for trees.

University students working on the site.

University students working on the site.

Progress, after a recent workday.

University volunteers celebrate their progress after a recent workday.

Alandra & April posing on their site.

Alandra's site in May.

The site, in June of 2015