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The Highland Park Elementary School PTA is beginning a process to update the 2016 master plan, which resulted in the new net climber play area, boulder wall scramble, salmon fence-art mural, benches, rain garden, and garden boxes. The current play area also has a sport court area, an informal lawn, an amphitheater with garden boxes, a large existing chestnut tree, a covered basketball court area, and recently installed raingardens. You have been invited to participate in this Community Survey to support this process.

Upcoming Virtual Workshop

JOIN US for our last virtual workshop.

Thursday, June 10, 2021
4:00–5:00 p.m.

Currently, the play area is not open except for use by school and childcare due to COVID-19 restrictions but will hopefully open again soon. We would like your ideas for potential improvements. We appreciate you taking time for this 10-question (10-minute) survey.

The concepts are intended to show a range of options and are not exclusive of each other. In other words, we want your opinion of each concept, so we can mix and match the best features of each concept into a preferred concept plan.

A brief description of each concept is included, but for more detailed information about each concept design, we encourage you to view the presentation recording of our May 6th virtual workshop.

Please review the concept plans below and answer the corresponding questions.

Gather Concept

This concept emphasizes outdoor learning spaces, the garden box area, sensory planting nodes, and informal gathering spaces. The added natural spaces reduce the size of the blacktop and, as a result, the blacktop features several multi-sport spaces. Themes throughout the concept include encouraging learning opportunities, the use of natural materials, and celebrating culture and diversity in the Highland Park Neighborhood by integrating languages. These languages could be written throughout the space and use universal languages such as math and music.

Click on the green bars to learn more about the Gather Concept.

Gather Concept details and map

This concept includes a learning grove at the upper part of the amphitheater, which can be used during recess or for outdoor classroom spaces. A centrally located plaza, with seating, is located near the top of the amphitheater to improve visibility throughout the play area. The play equipment in this concept focuses on the use of natural materials and may include log-scramble-inspired equipment.

The blacktop striping adds recess games such as a map, sensory trail, and other playful elements. The blacktop also includes space for soccer, kickball, four square, basketball, and funnel ball.

Map of the Highland Park Elementary play area showing the Gather concept.

Legend

1 Existing net climber

2 Amphitheater

3 Garden boxes

4 Rain garden(s)

5 Soccer / basketball

6 Basketball

7 Plaza with seating

8 Soccer/kickball

9 Learning grove

10 Play structure—log scramble

11 Feature / node

12 Four square

13 Funnel ball

 

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Inspiring images of items that could be included in the Gather Concept
Learning

Children gardening in garden boxes.

Garden boxes

Sensory trail on playground surface.

Sensory trail

Student and teacher in an outdoor classroom.

Outdoor classroom

Children sitting on a playground surface painted with a map of the United States.

Maps

Natural

An informal gathering space within a playground.

Informal gathering spaces

A play area featuring logs and boulders.

Logs and boulders

A dry cobble swale on the edge of a playground.

Dry cobble swale

A log scramble play structure.

Log scramble play structure

Languages

A playground surface painted for a math game.

Math

A playground surface painted with Spanish words.

Languages painting

A student-height abacus playground feature with natural stone beads.

Math abacus

A musical playground feature.

Music

Let us know what you think! After reviewing all three concepts, please answer our survey questions at the bottom of the page.

Play Concept

This concept emphasizes the addition of play equipment and other playful elements throughout the existing lawn and blacktop spaces. The added play spaces reduce the size of the blacktop which now focuses on multi-sport spaces. Themes throughout the concept include obstacles and mazes, playful nature-inspired striping on the blacktop, and celebrating culture and diversity in the Highland Park Neighborhood with art.

Click on the gold bars to learn more about the Play Concept.

Play Concept details and map

This concept improves the open lawn space for informal play and gatherings. A centrally located plaza, with seating, is located near the top of the amphitheater to improve visibility throughout the play area. The play equipment in this concept features an obstacle course and one or two smaller play pieces such as spinners.

The two basketball posts outside the covered play-courts are removed and the blacktop striping focuses on adding recess games, such as a labyrinth or chess, and other playful elements. The blacktop also includes space for soccer, kickball, four-square, and funnel ball.

Map of the Highland Park Elementary play area showing the Play Concept.

Legend

1 Existing net climber

2 Amphitheater

3 Garden boxes

4 Rain garden(s)

5 Labyrinth

6 Basketball

7 Plaza with seating

8 Soccer/kickball

9 Lawn space

10 Play structure­—obstacle course

11 Feature / node(s)

12 Four square

13 Funnel ball

 

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Inspiring images of items that could be included in the Play Concept
Obstacles

An obstacle course play structure.

Obstacle course play structure

A labyrinth painted on a playground surface.

Labyrinth

A spiral game painted on a playground surface.

Spiral game

A traffic track painted on a playground surface.

Pretend traffic track

Nature

A bee-themed painting on a playground surface.

Pollinators and plants

A play area featuring logs and boulders.

Logs and boulders

A play area featuring a nature-themed painting on playground surface, with adjacent planted areas.

Nature loop track

A child playing on a frog sculpture.

Animals

Art

A chain-link fence decorated with brightly-colored patterns.

Art in fences

Garden boxes next to a playground.

Colorful garden boxes

A play surface painted with a brightly-colored pattern.

Artist painting

A play surface painted for playing games.

Colorful blacktop paint

Let us know what you think! After reviewing all three concepts, please answer our survey questions at the bottom of the page.

Active Concept

This concept emphasizes the active play spaces in the court and focuses on keeping as much of the existing blacktop as possible. The soccer and kickball areas have their own dedicated spaces and the basketball hoops could turn into “free throw practice areas” with new hoops. The blacktop also includes three funnel ball poles, a large maze, a sensory trail, and space for kids to create their own art.

Click on the blue bars to learn more about the Active Concept.

Active Concept details and map

Themes throughout the concept include expanding learning opportunities in the blacktop paint, a variety of sports and play activities, and the use of vibrant colors throughout the play area.

This concept improves the open lawn space for informal play and small gatherings. A centrally located plaza, with seating, is located near the top of the amphitheater to improve visibility throughout the play area. The play equipment space is smaller in this concept and includes a new climber with several slides and a merry-go-round spinner.

Map of the Highland Park Elementary play area showing the Active Concept.

Legend

1 Existing net climber

2 Amphitheater

3 Garden boxes

4 Rain garden(s)

5 Kickball

6 Basketball

7 Plaza with seating

8 Soccer

9 Maze/kids’ art

10 Play structure—climber with slides

11 Feature / node

12 Four square/Basketball

13 Funnel ball

 

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Inspiring images of items that could be included in the Active Concept
Learning

A playground surface painted with a diagram of the solar system.

Solar system

A playground surface painted with a sundial.

Sundial

A playground surface painted with a maze.

Maze

A rain garden next to a playground.

Rain garden

Activities

A playground surface painted for multiple sports activities.

Multi-sports

A playground climber with slides.

Climber with slides

Basketball being played on a playground.

Basketball and court sports

Children playing on a spinner.

Spinner

Vibrant Color

A playground surface brightly painted for court sports.

Colorful court paint

A playground surface brightly painted with a loop track.

Colorful loop track

A student painting on a playground surface.

Kids’ art and painting

A playground structure holding brightly-colored sails that create shade.

Colorful shade sails

Now that you’ve reviewed all three concepts, please answer our survey questions to let us know what you think!

Highland Park Elementary school and playground.

Upcoming Virtual Workshop

JOIN US for our last virtual workshop.

Thursday, June 10, 2021
4:00–5:00 p.m.

Virtual Workshop Presentation Recording

If you missed our May 6 virtual workshop, view the recorded presentation here.

Questionnaire

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Gather Concept

Play Concept

Active Concept

Please continue with the form, then submit on page 3.

Thank you for your time and effort in completing this survey! Feel free to contact Darin Reynaud Knapp at darinreynaud@gmail.com if you have any questions, or visit our website for more information on the master plan update project at https://www.facebook.com/​highlandparkplays

Photo of a play area with a net climber and rock wall.