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Community comes together to renovate Cobden Street park


August 1, 2017

Volunteers with the Cobden Street Block Watch used a Love Your Resilient Block grant to improve the Cobden Street Basketball Park.

Most summer nights find a game of four-on-four basketball at Cobden Street Basketball Park, the site of frequent neighborhood potlucks.

The park lacked the infrastructure to properly accommodate such events, so the Cobden Street Block Watch applied for a Love Your [Resilient] Block grant from the city to give this beloved neighborhood park some much needed upgrades. Love Your Resilient Block is a partnership between the City of Pittsburgh, Cities of Service, and People's Natural Gas to revitalize Pittsburgh - block by block.

Twenty residents of Cobden Street and the surrounding area dedicated a Sunday afternoon on July 9 to a variety of park improvements, including the installation of a mulch picnic area, featuring two tables hand-crafted by neighborhood resident Karl Norman. Overgrown vines were cleared off the park fence while the basketball backboards were repainted and nets replaced.

Jamie Earl, Cobden Street Block Watch co-captain, built and installed a dog waste station. Others planted low-grow shrubs on the hillside to replace grass and decrease park maintenance.

Even those who weren't involved in the park project noticed the improvements, with one poster on Facebook commenting, "Thanks to all that cleaned up Cobden St. park. Good job!"

The neighborhood planned to continue improvements with a second workday on July 29.

Neighbors also look forward to seeing everyone at the Labor Day community potluck on September 4 from noon -3 p.m. at the newly installed picnic area. Those interested in learning about future Cobden Park projects or community events, may follow the park on Facebook (Cobden Street Block Watch) or Instagram (@CobdenPark).

Cobden Street Block Watch is a neighborhood organization in Arlington and the South Side Slopes that promotes community, caring for your neighbors, environmental sustainability, social justice and safety.


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