George W. Nebinger Elementary School

Photo of a kid and mom at a playgroundPhoto credit: Elyse Leyenberger

The students at George W. Nebinger Elementary School in the Bella Vista neighborhood of Philadelphia now have a new schoolyard! This South Philly school is located in one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city, in a dense residential area that used to lack adequate green spaces for children to play in.

Thanks to Philadelphia Water, much of the school’s asphalt lot had already been replaced with a lush rain garden. Now, working with the School District of Philadelphia we’ve added features such as a new play structure, basketball court, tether ball and funnel ball, and an outdoor classroom. This new schoolyard will help children connect with nature and provide new opportunities to play and learn outdoors.

Grassroots efforts to transform the schoolyard have been supported by community groups and schoolyard advocates, including Friends of Nebinger, and we are thrilled to help bring this new neighborhood green space to life for children and families in Bella Vista.

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