We’re making good progress on the design for the southwest corner of our playground (the current playfield / mud puddle). Over 300 people–Gatewood and Cottage School students, families, teachers, and neighbors–provided feedback on the three design options presented in various venues in March. From that feedback, we’ve merged the favorite elements from each into one design, … More Latest on playground improvements
With the able professional services of Karen Kiest, landscape architect, we now have draft design sketches for improvements in the SW corner of our playground. We will be posting these sketches for community viewing and feedback next week: at our PTA meeting on Monday night, 3/13, 6:30-8pm and at our Art Walk/Open House on Thursday, 3/16, 5:30-7pm. Please … More Playground design sketches
Good news! We received word yesterday that we won a $5,000 Small Sparks grant from the Department of Neighborhoods to complete design and construction documents for improvements in the southwest corner of our playground. Our generous PTA will be providing additional matching funds to make this happen. The work we do in the next few months will prepare … More Grant for playground design
We had over 70 people respond to our school survey about improvements we’d like to see in the southwest corner of the playground (the field). Thanks to everyone who responded! The top five elements desired in the southwest corner of the playground (current field) were ranked by students and adults as follows: Students’ Ranking Adults’ Ranking … More Playground survey results
After talking more with the school district and having a playground meeting this week, here is the approach we are proposing for the coming months to move forward with playground improvements: Immediate improvements. Move forward with benches, planters, and a rain barrel at the portable to provide a more pleasant seating area and a bit … More Playground Update of the Week
What’s next in greening our schoolyard? Starting work in the garden! After a few presentations and meetings over the past couple of weeks, we have a green light from the school and district to move ahead with garden improvements. Teachers are excited, school leadership is supportive, and the district is behind us as long as … More Next steps?
How do your kids roll during recess? My three kids are very different people who use their free time in different ways. During school recess, one would choose to hang with friends and play imaginative games, one would sometimes opt for taking a quiet break by herself, and one is all about burning off the energy with kinetic play and ball games. … More Different Strokes