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Volunteers, Students Break Ground on Grandview Greenspace

By Staff Reports
The Tube City Almanac
October 16, 2017
Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

Vickie Babyak photo special to Tube City Almanac

(Photos by Vickie Babyak, special to Tube City Almanac)

Volunteers and students from McKeesport's Youth CAST along with staff from GTECH Strategies broke ground Saturday morning for improvements to a greenspace at the corner of Grandview Avenue and Auburn Street.

GTECH, a Pittsburgh-based non-profit, has been working in the city since 2015 to reclaim and re-use vacant lots for community purposes, while Youth CAST, which stands for Communities and Schools Together, is a McKeesport-based leadership development program for young adults in grades 6 through 12.

Last year, in cooperation with students and several other local organizations, GTECH and Youth CAST developed a playground and greenspace --- called a "Green Playce" --- at the corner of Jenny Lind and Butler streets.

Above are Youth CAST members, seated, Ajayla Johnson, Calise Johnson, Paul Francis and Isaiah Johnson, and standing, Nyiana Watson, Youth CAST program coordinator Aaron Johnson, Deja Newby, Skylar Palmer, Nicora Watson, Zekeil Palmer, Denaja Newby, Sontee Peterson, Dajere Newby and Savanah Still.

More photos below the jump.

Above, Tom Mulholland and Ian Brown of GTECH, Aaron Johnson of Youth CAST, City Administrator Tom Maglicco  and Harold Allen of Youth CAST.

Maglicco, Johnson and McKeesport Mayor Mike Cherepko.

(All photos by Vickie Babyak, special to Tube City Almanac. For reprints, contact

Originally published October 16, 2017.

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