William Cramp Elementary School
Student Avery Anthony describes the schoolyard at William Cramp Elementary School in North Philadelphia like this: "Our site is plain ground. All we do is talk and run. It gets boring and there are no games."
The Trust for Public Land is helping change that, transforming the barren lot into a vibrant playground. We're working with students on a design that includes the features they want most-like new play equipment and a walking track, garden, and performance space.
A block away, Collazo Park is also undergoing a makeover through our Parks for People-Philadelphia program. Together, these two sites will provide new green spaces and opportunities for play, recreation, and neighborhood gatherings in the Fairhill neighborhood, the emerging cultural center for Philadelphia's Latino community.
The Cramp Elementary School design will be featured in the Infill Philadelphia's Play Space: How We Play exhibition at the Center for Architecture. The exhibition, which runs from August 5 through September 25, explores how design of outdoor play spaces can enhance early childhood education. Cramp Elementary School is one of a number of projects both built and unbuilt, representing a variety of scales and activities being highlighted at the Center.