Verde worked Hacienda CDC’s Expresiones after school program (most students are affordable housing residents, and 97% are 1st or 2nd generation immigrants), Rigler School (85% free/reduced lunch), Scott School (88% free/reduced lunch), and Community Transitional School (serves children from homeless families) to design the play area at Cully. Students visited traditional playgrounds and nature play areas, and they learned about basic design concepts, map reading, calculating area, scale and using an architect ruler. Later, each student group develop their own play area design, then presented their designs at a community design charrette organized by Verde, held in Cully.
Verde designed and built the Play Area per the student‐led plans. Encouraging exploration, open‐ended and non‐directed play, and direct engagement with natural materials, nature play features are integrated throughout the approximately 24,000sf Play Area, which also offers a full range of traditional equipment that engages youth in dynamic play including swinging, spinning, climbing and sliding. Finally, thanks to our funder and partner A Miracle Foundation—an organization that prioritizes bringing ADA accessible play equipment to parks—we also installed a number of accessible elements, including a wheelchair-accessible sensory wall, making play more equitable for all of our community’s children.