In the midst of the budget crisis, some good news regarding the creation of safe play spaces is coming to Northwest Philadelphia. Six Philadelphia elementary schools will be given the opportunity to re-imagine their school’s play spaces through a series of workshops that will take place Thursday, October 15 and Friday, October 16 with landscape architects and other design professionals from across the country. The students, staff, and community members will have the opportunity to envision and think big about their schoolyards
This project is organized and sponsored by Mt. Airy USA, the Big Sandbox, the LandHealth Institute, Iowa State University’s Landscape Architecture Department, the six local public schools, as well as East Mt Airy Neighbors and West Mt Airy Neighbors. The following schools are participating in this program: C.W Henry, Houston, Lingelbach, A.B. Day, Emlen, and J.S Jenks.
“At a time when our school district is facing great challenges, we feel fortunate to be able to give students and community members an opportunity to think big and think positively about what they envision for their schools,” says Abby Thaker, Managing Director of Mt. Airy USA, who launched the Mt. Airy Schools Coalition in 2012 in partnership with East Mt. Airy Neighbors and West Mt. Airy Neighbors. The first phase will fully utilize a neighborhood-driven, collaborative approach with a variety of stakeholders.
“Safe, inviting, and engaging play areas enable children to get the exercise they need, develop social skills, and ultimately perform better in the classroom,” says…
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