KaBOOM! Design Day at  the 4th & Emerald Streets Playground.
July 18th–Noon-1:30pm: Youth Activities; 4:00-7:oopm: Potluck Picnic at the Pavilion. 
4th & Emerald Streets Playground. photo by Tanya Gordon

4th & Emerald Streets Playground. photo by Tanya Gordon

This playground in Uptown Harrisburg has been selected as a KaBOOM! project. That means community partners including the Harrisburg Police Athletic League and the City of Harrisburg will work together to rehab the playground at 4th and Emerald Streets.

KaBOOM! works with local community members to help them build their own playground. In fact, according to the organization’s website, to qualify as a KaBOOM! project, community partners must:

  • Serve children from low-income or disadvantaged backgrounds
  • Recruit 15 parent, community and staff volunteers to participate in planning committees
  • Recruit 100 to 150 parents and community volunteers to help build the playground in one day
  • Are able to raise and contribute $8,500 to $10,000 cash towards the cost of equipment

The Pennsylvania Municipal League and the city made an application to the Keystone Communities Program for $47,000 to fund the project.  Because of the expanse of the 4th and Emerald Streets Playground, the strategy also calls for locating corporate sponsors for funding and donations.

So far, two public meetings have taken place to discuss the project with the community.

The next step is Design Day. This is when the community is asked to engage with the process and help make the plan. The youth, especially are encouraged to give their input about the space they’ll be using. Creative activities are used to let the public sketch out the neighborhood’s ideal play space. This public input will be used to design the blueprint that will be used to build the new playground.

Design Day is on Friday, July 18th. From Noon to 1:30pm, KaBOOM! will guide youth activities and from 4:00-7:00pm, a potluck picnic will be held. 

All members of the community are welcome to attend to be part of the design process. The community is also encouraged to stop by and signup to be a volunteer for the upcoming Build Day. Please share this! More details will be in next post on Event.

The 4th and Emerald Street Playground project is the first major rehabilitation project the Papenfuse Administration anticipates in the city. In May, City Council approved a resolution for the City of Harrisburg to apply for a Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources grant of $10,000 to be used for conducting an audit of playgrounds throughout the city. Recently, $100,000 of HUD Community Development Block Grants was earmarked for city-wide playground rehabilitation projects.

Tara Leo Auchey

Tara Leo Auchey

Creator & editor of today's the day Harrisburg, started in 2009. Resident, engaged citizen, community activist, teacher, strategist, writer.
Tara Leo Auchey