Denver’s Learning Landscape Alliance: restoring the american schoolyard.

Brink, L. A., 2004, Denver’s Learning Landscape Alliance: restoring the american schoolyard., in: OPENspace, ‘Open space, people space’, OPENspace, Edinburgh

  • Author : Brink, L. A.
  • Year : 2004
  • Published in Book : Open space, people space
  • Abstract in English : The schoolyard presents opportunities for a multi-use playground as a community focal point and green space in heavily urban neighbourhoods. The value of daily physical activity in the United States is increasingly important for the health and wellbeing of children, but the value of the schoolyard setting to promote children’s physical activity is lacking. During the past four years the Learning Landscape Initiative in Denver, Colorado has successfully completed 22 Learning Landscapes. The objective of these playgrounds is to create healthy places that improve the quality of life for children and the local community at large. This paper presents the history, methodology and current outcomes of this three-year initiative. A prominent successful component of this project is diverse groups working in concert towards a civic process that engages planning, design, fundraising and construction. To date, study results are positive in terms of community impact, physical activity, referrals to the principal, reduced vandalism and reduced injuries to children.
  • Comments/Notes : KEYWORDS: school yard, multiuse, children, physical activity, play, education, vandalism.