May 19, 2010 highlights: Your favorite design?

Promote Your Project Design ContestIf you want to help a community build a playground but don’t feel like getting out of your chair, we have the perfect opportunity for you. Over the next two weeks, your votes will determine the final winners for our Promote Your Project Design Contest. Our panel of celebrity judges has selected 10 finalists from our initial pool of entrants. Now it’s up to you to decide which three win equipment grants!

Vote for your favorite playground design here. You can vote once a day through May 31, 2010.

Here are some other highlights:

Playspace in Progress highlight

The playground equipment at Indian Hills Elementary School in Gallup, N.M. has not been updated for decades. Take a look:

Indian Hills Elementary School Indian Hills Elementary School
Indian Hills Elementary School Indian Hills Elementary School

Robin Gonzales, the school health assistant, has decided that enough is enough. Says Robin, “I want to give [our kids] a place where they can learn that exercising can be fun. But most importantly that exercising has to become a way of life, something that will make their life better. So many of the children at my school come from very poor families, [and] extracurricular activities are non-existent because of money and transportation… Some kids play on what equipment we do have, but a lot of them stand around or run on the black top, fall and get hurt. I need help! We need help! They need help!”

Help out Robin and the kids at Indian Hill by joining the project here.

Playspace highlight

Navarre Nature Walk Park in Navarre, Fla. is more than a playground. As described in our Playspace Finder, “Navarre Nature Walk Park celebrates an expanded children's area with swings, new equipment and a splash pad for hot summer days. Located near the Navarre Beach Bridge along the Santa Rosa Sound, the park features a brick path that runs along the shore, a spring-fed fish pond, playground, picnic areas and a butterfly house. Many species of birds, such as geese, ducks and heron can be spotted on the walk, along with turtles, squirrels and indigenous wildlife.”

Navarre Nature Walk Park Navarre Park

Navarre Park

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Blog highlight

KaBOOM! alumnus and community member playdesign is a landscape architect in Orlando, Fla. As someone who designs play spaces and other outdoor spaces for a living, she understands that kids need play time to learn. In fact, “Kids Need Play Time to Learn” is the title of her recent blog post, in which she laments,

“I think it is so short-sighted for play time to be taken from the schools. Evidently, the leaders making the decisions to remove recess and/or PE class from the school day haven't read the studies that prove that children need physical exercise and time away from the classroom during the day in order to learn better.”

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