GTECH Strategies partnered with the YouthCAST Leadership Network and Trinity Church of God in Christ to create a unique play space that combines art, innovation and environmental awareness. Green Playces is located at Jenny Lind and Butler streets.
This summer, GTECH Strategies partnered with the YouthCAST Leadership Network and Trinity Church of God in Christ to create a unique play space that combines art, innovation and environmental awareness.
Green Playces is located at the corner of Jenny Lind and Butler streets in McKeesport Seventh Ward. With tunnels, logs and a changeable flag maze built into the lawn, this play area challenges the children who play there as much as those who constructed it.
Project manager Ian Brown said Green Playces was a fulfilling endeavor that allowed McKeesport children and teens to express their creativity while giving back to the community.
“From dreaming up ideas to participating in the design charrettes, youth were a critical component in designing and building this space,” Brown said. “We have incorporated elements of recycled and repurposed objects into the site to help students learn about thoughtful reuse of materials. The Green Playces: McKeesport site serves as a critical community space in the core of the 7th Ward of McKeesport, providing a space for environmental education, including topics such as eco-literacy, sustainability, and pollinators.”
Aaron Johnson of YouthCAST said it’s amazing to see McKeesport’s youth engage in a project like Green Playces: “They want to be involved. They want to be leaders, and they want to be productive citizens.”
Art Expression allowed YouthCAST participants and neighborhood children to further beautify the area by helping them paint a mural on a retaining wall at the parklet.
“We’re so grateful to GTECH for inviting us to contribute to Green Playces: McKeesport,” said Angela Lowden, executive director of Art Expression. “This is a great community full of amazing people, and it’s an honor to have even a small role in beautifying one corner of it. The kids are full of ideas and are so enthusiastic about the mural. It’s inspiring to work with them.”