Our staff is coordinating the restoration and operation of Fowler Park and Pool, a centrally-located, magnificent neighborhood resource that had fallen into disrepair in recent decades. The park, which includes basketball courts, open fields, and a swimming pool, provides our staff with great space to initiate relational work with young people.
In 2007, over 300 people gathered to erect a new, state-of-the-art playground as the result of a collaborative effort among the Junior League of Pittsburgh, which has a substantive track record of training and deploying volunteers for community-improvement projects, and KaBOOM!, a ten-year old national nonprofit organization that provides resources, training, challenge grants, and publications for communities that wish to plan a new playspaces. Our neighborhood’s young people and parents helped design the playground components, and participated alongside Junior League members on the build day. This playspace provides wonderful, imaginative, equipment for hundreds of urban families, and is easily the most colorful, enticing component of the transformation of Fowler Park and Pool from a place to be avoided to a destination enjoyed and owned by the community.
This summer, we started construction on a new gymnasium that will provide our neighborhood with the opportunity to participate in year-round sporting events. As a part of the project, we will be building new outdoor basketball courts to replace the dilapidated ones demolished to make way for the new gym. We hope that construction will be completed in the near future.