It all started when...
The Hazelwood Play Trail Steering Committee first met on March 31, 2015. Individuals and organizations actively involved in Hazelwood offered feedback on what play meant to them.
We obtained more valuable play feedback from the community when nearly 400 people attended the Ultimate Play Day 2015 and created a play web using pictures of their ideas of play.
Following the Ultimate Play Day, the Carnegie Library of Hazelwood displayed the visioning exercise for neighbors to select images that represented their concept of play.
In addition, the Student Conservation Association (SCA) worked through the summer of 2015 to share their vision for the Hazelwood Play Trail, specifically the Elizabeth Street Parklet.
After all the vision exercises and feedback, the Hazelwood Play Trail is taking form. The project literally and figuratively connects already existing and newly created playful features in the greater Hazelwood community, and disseminates play throughout the neighborhood.
A crown jewel for the neighborhood, the KaBOOM! Playspace was set to be built by 200 volunteers on Sept. 17, 2016 on Lytle Street. The playspace was funded by The Heinz Endowments, and organized by the greater Hazelwood community, the Hazelwood Initiative, Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative, Trying Together (formerly Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children), and KaBOOM!.
Just a stone's throw away, construction will soon begin on the Elizabeth Street Parklet.
Play can happen anywhere, and under any circumstances. Rather than making play a "destination," we hope the Hazelwood Play Trail makes play part of the community's daily routine by providing "play-on-the-way" opportunities.
The next step in the process will be the Elizabeth Street Beautification Project (ESBP), turning the current parking lot between Roma Way and Gloster at the Elizabeth St. bridge (behind the KaBOOM playground lot) into a redesigned green space. Design drawings are pictured below. Community conversations will continue around marking the Play Trail and a final date for Play Trail and ESBP ribbon cutting!