An attractive, well-designed schoolyard connects the school with residents and can redefine a school as a unique community asset. The school exterior reflects what is happening inside, and a well-designed entrance can:
A greening plan within the schoolyard can also provide simple, creative solutions to logistical issues that every school faces, such as parking, trash, and recycling.
The images below show a variety of ways to enhance the schoolyard site.
Gateway: This plan for Kelley School establishes a clear, inviting path by which to enter the school property.
Fencing: The plan for Meredith School changes a stark chain link fence (left) into attractive fencing with climbing native plants, to conceal the blank walls behind it.
Enclosed dumpsters: This concept for Kelley School relocates and encloses the dumpster, to create a safe and attractive separation from the play area.
When planning and designing a schoolyard site, consider these elements: