F. Amadee Bregy School

Bregy ElementaryStudents measure their current schoolyard in preparation to design the new community spacePhoto credit: The Trust for Public Land staff

When we saw the open asphalt schoolyard at Bregy Elementary we recognized a place that was packed with possibility. Located just north of the Philadelphia Navy Yard, school staff members have planned for years to transform their schoolyard and even started fundraising projects to meet their goal. Now they’ve teamed up with The Trust for Public Land to take their project to the finish line with lots of help from their own students. Working closely with the 4th grade class through our participatory design curriculum, we’re planning a vibrant new schoolyard for Bregy Elementary. 

The Bregy participatory design students engaged with community members and leaders to learn their ideas for the schoolyard, they visited the Fairmount Water Works to understand the history of water in Philadelphia, and they enhanced their STEAM skills through a series of lessons on planning and design. Students worked in groups on their proposed concept designs and presented them to their classmates to receive constructive feedback. 

This project represents a great opportunity to bring a safe, vibrant green space to a school community of over 300 students and staff, and 8,600 residents who live within a 10-minute walk of the school. So far, the students’ playground design includes a colorful play area, basketball court, turf field with a running track, an outdoor learning area, and a beautiful rain garden. The new green schoolyard is slated to be complete in 2021. 


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