By Dave Crawley

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Allegheny Commons on the North Side was the first of 32 Pittsburgh destinations for Citiparks’ 39th annual Roving Art Cart.

Kids painted, molded clay sculptures and made fanciful puppets of papier mache under tents set up by volunteers.

Citiparks arts coordinator Leona Frankowski says Art Cart teaches teamwork.

“They want to participate and work with someone else, and they learn to have people hold things for them and build things with them, so it’s not just this individual thing that they do.”

This year’s North Side visit had an added bonus, which will remain here long after the Art Cart hits the road.

Aided by a nonprofit called Kaboom, 200 volunteers built a playground in a mere four and a half hours.

Pittsburgh DPW manager Mike Gable says the playground is a lasting legacy.

“There’s a variety of other projects going on in the Commons, some landscaping, mulching of trees, things like that. But most of the volunteers are here, concentrating on building this playground for the residents of the city.”

All in all, it paints a pretty picture.

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