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New Kensington Better Block

A transformation is coming to New Kensington this fall!

Together with you, The Better Block Foundation, Valley Points Family YMCA, Penn State New Kensington, and the Richard King Mellon Foundation are collaboratively working to re-envision the possibilities and connections to the YMCA.


This community-led placemaking event aims to inspire residents to creatively transform the space next to the Valley Point YMCA via activation to imagine what it could be in the future. Anticipated enhancements include seating, art installations, and new opportunities for community gatherings.

The objective is to experiment with ideas, gather feedback, and integrate community input to shape a more vibrant and inviting YMCA. Our collective goal is to create a dynamic environment where residents can live, work, and come together as a thriving community.

A Look at Next Steps


If you’re interested in offering a few hours of your time to help complete this build, we’d love a helping hand during our upcoming volunteer sessions. 


We are currently seeking local vendors and entertainment for the opening demonstration. Be a part of this special transformation!


Meet the folks working with

you to bring this initiative to life.

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