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The Backyard Better Block

A summer series is headed to

The Giant Eagle Foundation Backyard in Pittsburgh on July 20 | 4PM - 9PM!

Together with you, The Better Block Foundation, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, and the Richard King Mellon Foundation are collaboratively working to re-envision part of the parking lot (aka The Backyard) for a summer series.


This community-led placemaking event aims to inspire residents to creatively transform the parking lot via activation throughout the summer 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 space in The Giant Eagle Foundation Backyard. Our collective goal is to create a dynamic environment where residents can live, work, and come together as a thriving community.

A look into the project site. (Photos: Better Block / Krista Nightengale)

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. 


Meet the folks working with

you to bring this initiative to life.

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