The results are in! This summer, we teamed up with Parents and Foresters, a life insurance provider that champions the well-being of families, to invite communities across North America to rally around their local playspaces.
Three winners will now receive an Imagination Playground™ in a Box, worth $25,000, which offers a changing array of elements that allows children to constantly reconfigure their environment and to design their own course of play.
This was no easy contest to win—it required a mobilized and fiercely dedicated community. First, we challenged participants to earn points online for their playground by posting photos, hosting meet-ups, and attracting fans. More than 650 communities entered their playgrounds into the contest. The top 50 playgrounds were then narrowed down to 10 semifinalists, who had to get out the vote in order to win.
These three very special communities earned thousands of votes by alerting the media and reaching out to their social networks. Please join us in congratulating:
Casita Elementary Playground (Vista, Calif.)
Casita Center for Technology, Science, and Math is a magnet elementary school in Vista, California. It serves approximately 700 kids from grades K-5 as well as additional preschoolers. Casita is in a Federal Title I low-income neighborhood; 63% of the kids are socioeconomically disadvantaged. Overall, the school is a very energetic place. Teachers and administrators are continually coming up with new ways of teaching and embracing new educational opportunities.
Fletcher Hills Presbyterian Preschool (El Cajon, Calif.)
Fletcher Hills Presbyterian Preschool has been a part of the community since 1961 and serves approximately 100 students every week! The classrooms of the school open directly onto the playground and all the windows face toward it. The playground has not been remodeled in a long time and Imagination Playground™ will be its crown jewel centerpiece.
New Heights Learning Services (Calgary, Alberta)
The autistic children New Heights serves don't automatically learn from the world around them as a typical child would. They need to be taught and encouraged, but in order for this to work, the child needs to be motivated to learn. With their Imagination Playground™, New Heights hopes to encourage these kids to use and build their play skills and imaginative abilities.
A special thanks to all who participated! We hope that all will be inspired to continue mobilizing their communities to use, maintain, and improve their local playspaces.