Grounded in Placemaking: Carrick Dairy District

The Dairy District Pavilion 2018 Summer Event Series project involved the planning and implementation of an outdoor community event series at the Dairy District Pavilion (‘the Pavilion’) open space located in the Carrick neighborhood of Pittsburgh. The Dairy District Pavilion in Carrick is the keystone of a plan to recreate a bustling and welcoming street life along Carrick’s historic business corridor. This sleek, spacious, and covered public space was designed to help the adjacent intersection come to life and attract new businesses to join the famed Colteryahn Dairy (now Turners).

Grounded Strategies partnered with Economic Development South and the Carrick Dairy District Advisory Committee to execute a thoughtfully curated summer event series in order to showcase the Pavilion as an attractive event venue and community space, to garner local support for sustained programming, and to deliver important information about available social services and local community resources directly to residents in a fresh and engaging way.

The series included themes such as: Stars, Stripes, and Pies in which Grounded Strategies hosted a pie baking contest on July4th.  Next, was the Comm-ooo-nity Dinner and School supply giveaway on August 23,  which helped numerous of needy children return to school with backpacks, notebooks, pencils, and much more.  To complete the series Grounded Strategies ended with the Lawn Chair & Movie Night on September 15, where the community of Carrick gathered with their lawn chairs and fresh popcorn to watch on the big screen”Won’t you be my Neighbor” and “Life of the Party”. It was truly an opportunist time to connect and enjoy a night with the neighbors in the community of Carrick.