Whittier UAD Playgrounds
During the fall semester, Growing Up staff partnered with second grade English Language Learner (ELL) students at Whittier International Elementary School and their ELL teachers. The primary objectives of the engagement were two-fold: to have students learn about Universal Access Design (UAD) playgrounds to see if they have value as a design concept from the children’s point of view, and then to consider what UAD elements children would recommend to the city for any future playground installations. Students studied three local playgrounds by experiencing them first-hand and then by talking to local experts, who included people with a range of needs and abilities. The children concluded the project by sharing their recommendations for fun and inclusive playground design and equipment in order to help the City of Boulder Parks and Recreation staff improve the accessibility of playgrounds throughout the city.
GOCO School Yard Initiative
GOCO's School Yard Initiative (SYI) is a grant program designed to inspire more active physical play and enhance outdoor learning on school grounds. All projects must be designed, in partnership with students and the community, We value equity and this program emphasizes projects that reach underrepresented youth and families who have limited access to quality parks. Whittier International Elementary is currently working towards a plan to improve our K-2nd playground, with assistance from a GOCO Great Outdoors School Yard Initiative Grant. The basis of this project is a student-led initiative to create a new playground space based on Universal Access Design (UAD) - creating a new neighborhood playground that provides recreational opportunities for all, inclusive of all needs, including of school and community members who are "differently-abled" or who have "invisible differences."