The Collaborative strives to design effective outdoor spaces that support diverse activities. Our approach integrates an understanding that:
We also target our schoolyard designs to address the appropriate stages of child development, including:
The site plans and renderings below reflect how active play can be integrated into schoolyards at a number of our project sites.
Play equipment: A design for Hackett Elementary clusters equipment to accommodate students of different age groups: a hard surface for games and a grassy area for creative or less formal play.
Berms: Meredith School could replace asphalt with these rounded, raised play surfaces called berms, which divide space for games from green areas for nature exploration.
Basketball court : Even with a limited space or budget, a basketball court can support multiple kinds of physical development and age groups. Lea School’s would promote team sports for older kids, as well as ample space for more free-form play.
When planning and designing a schoolyard that will support active play, consider these elements: