As well as being a place for community to gather in the summer, the earthen courtyard wall was built as a food facility, with sinks, water, power, and a fireplace to support food service around the playground. It also had a baby change area, a green roof, mosaic tiling and was surrounded by native plant gardens.
The cob courtyard has lost its fireplace and its baby change area. But in 2016, after 11 years, the cob wall is solid. The cob courtyard is presently a city-run cafe.