REVITALIZING A COMMUNITY ASSET THE COMMUNITY GROVE WILL HONOR AND REACTIVATE A CHERISHED COMMUNITY SPACE
ABOUT THE PROJECT
Sitting below Michigan Street, encompassed by mature trees and woodlands at the nexus of several key trail connections, the Community Grove provides an opportunity for a unique community space in the Chicken Hill section of McKinley Park. Once the site of a community baseball field built by neighborhood residents, the space evokes a strong sense of pride and nostalgia for residents and park users, and has the potential to serve as a vibrant community space once again.
The Conservancy will work closely with neighborhood residents and stakeholders to create a vision for the Community Grove and explore opportunities for the space, including programming support for youth-serving organizations, providing opportunities for nature-based education, potentially showcase local art and community history, and generally serve as an informal gathering space for residents in a natural setting. The project will tie together recent park and trail improvements in the area and strengthen connections between the neighborhood and McKinley Park.
The project is funded in part through a $330,000 allocation from the City of Pittsburgh Parks Tax Fund.
For project updates and additional information, please follow the Engage PGH Project Page (link below).
ABOUT THE PARK
McKinley Park is nestled between Pittsburgh’s Beltzhoover, Bon Air, and Knoxville neighborhoods. The 79-acre park boasts historic trees, basketball courts, playgrounds, a skate park, and woodland trails.
It is also home to a mural called “Home Court Advantage,” inspired by the positive role that the McKinley Park basketball courts have played in residents’ lives.
Learn more about this park by visiting the Citiparks webpage!