Community kids collaborating in work session

Recycle Park in North Braddock

Sparked by the relationship between play and creativity that was central to the 2013 Carnegie International, CMOA discovered that a group of North Braddock residents had been trying for several years to renovate a neglected neighborhood park near Braddock Carnegie Library. After being introduced to the project by Dana Bishop-Root of the artist collective Transformazium, the museum partnered with the local residents, headed by Vicki Vargo, executive director of the Braddock Carnegie Library and council member for the Borough of North Braddock, to support the revitalization efforts.

North Braddock residents named the project Recycle Park (external link), not only because of the goal to give the play area a second life, but to use recycled materials from the neighborhood while doing so. As part of CMOA’s involvement, Marilyn Russell, curator of education, recruited a small team of professionals—building and landscape architects as well as staff from the museum’s education department—to join the project. Today the revitalization efforts in Recycle Park are ongoing, with a series of new developments planned throughout the summer of 2015.

The Recycle Park team includes:

  • Vicki Vargo, executive director of the Braddock Carnegie Library North Braddock Borough Council Member
  • Dana Bishop-Root, artist, Transformazium (external link)
  • Zena Ruiz and Lindsay Sherloum, North Braddock residents, “Gardweeno” organizers
  • Mick McNutt, GBBN Architects
  • Sara Thompson, Pashek Associates
  • Patrick Russell, Landmark Designs
  • Kathryn Walsh, GBBN Architects
  • Gabriela Burkhalter, curator of The Playground Project Jake Klingensmith, Carnegie Mellon University student
  • Grace Strong, University of Pittsburgh student and Fine Foundation Fellow Summer Intern
  • Juliet Pusateri, Lead Educator, Children’s and Family Programs, Carnegie Museum of Art
  • Marilyn Russell, Curator of Education, Carnegie Museum of Art