F. Amadee Bregy School
When we saw the empty asphalt lot at Bregy Elementary, we knew this space was packed with possibility. The school is located just north of the Philadelphia Navy Yard, and staff members have been planning and fundraising to transform their schoolyard for years. Now, they’ve teamed up with Trust for Public Land to cross the finish line and transform this space from asphalt to amazing, giving more than 300 students and staff a safe, fun, and vibrant green space for everyone to enjoy.
The schoolyard design was created with direct input from students. Through a participatory design process, we worked closely with the 4th grade class to make their dreams a reality. The students engaged with community members and local leaders to generate news ideas for the schoolyard and visited the Fairmount Water Works to learn about the city’s water history. Enhancing their STEAM skills through planning and design workshops, students worked in groups to propose concept designs and presented their ideas to classmates. The new designs include a colorful play area, basketball court, turf field with a running track, an outdoor learning area, and a beautiful rain garden.
Trust for Public Land is preparing for the construction phase of the schoolyard, bringing to life the student’s collaborative and dynamic ideas. The new space is expected to be complete in 2023 and will give the whole neighborhood a beautiful schoolyard to enjoy—connecting more than 8,600 residents who live within a 10-minute walk to the benefits of a close-to-home green space.