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Kids can Slide, Climb and Skip as Renovated Braddock Playground Opens to Community for First Time


Ribbon-cutting ceremony to unveil renovated Camp Avenue playground in Braddock. The playground has been closed to kids for more than a year because of dangerous conditions.

This is a great photo opportunity as it is the first time children from the Braddock community will have an opportunity to enjoy the playground. Last month, volunteers spent a Saturday building new playground equipment, planting a garden and landscaping the site with support from Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, The Allstate Foundation, the Injury Free Coalition for Kids, Playground Concepts of Little Tykes Inc. and the Braddock community. The playground is only opening to kids now because it took one month to install a safety surface.


Henri Ford, MD, director of the Benedum Trauma Program at Children’s

Pauline Abdullah, Mayor of Braddock

Tom Lacombe, The Allstate Foundation


In April, Children’s received a grant of $65,000 from The Allstate Foundation to renovate the playground to make it safe and appropriate for children of all ages. Of the grant: $50,000 is for construction; $10,000 is for on-going maintenance; and $5,000 is to establish a mentoring program where high school students from Braddock operate summer activities at the playground for younger children in the community.


Saturday, Oct. 4, 2003
1 – 2 p.m.


Camp Avenue Playground
100 block, Camp Avenue

Editor’s Note:

Media interested in covering this event and photo opportunity should contact Children’s at 412-692-5325 and ask to have the media relations staff person on call paged.

Marc Lukasiak, 412-692-5016,
Melanie Tush Finnigan, 412-692-5016,

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February 19, 2008