Trail Garden, part of the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) Trail
Program Area: Ambassador Project, ReClaim
Topic: Vacant Land
Year: 2015, Current
Parent Project: ReClaim McKeesport
TribLIVE |April 22, 2015
Julie Fleckenstein is a youth program assistant in the city of McKeesport and has lived there all her life, except for the 9 years where she lived outside of Philadelphia. Because the GAP trail is a big tourist attraction for McKeesport, she is focusing on a vacant lot right alongside the popular biking and hiking path.
She is hoping that it will be a great place for people to take a relaxing rest from the trails. The site will include a walking path, perennials and seating. Naturally there will be slag and kildeer nesting on the ground to compliment the trees that have survived decades on the property.
“I would like a little oasis for birds and butterflies, with a few benches for people to come and spend some quiet time just watching the birds and butterflies fly and flit around.”— Julie Fleckenstein, ReClaim McKeesport Ambassador
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