Garden Place Academy Advocates closing the funding gap for schoolyard


This time last year a fund raiser and student art exhibit was held at the National Western Complex.  With the focus on the talent behind Garden Place Academy (GPA) and the efforts of Garden Place Academy Advocates (GPAA), it’s no surprise the Denver community showed up and raised $36,000 towards reimagining the almost twenty-year old … Continue reading Garden Place Academy Advocates closing the funding gap for schoolyard

Back to School! Celebrating Community One Schoolyard at a Time


Students at ten Philadelphia elementary schools are beginning October with preparations to reinvent their schoolyards as part of a citywide initiative sponsored by The Big SandBox (TBS). With support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, TBS and landscape architecture students from the University of Colorado (CU) and Iowa State University (ISU) will … Continue reading Back to School! Celebrating Community One Schoolyard at a Time

The Play(Ground)’s The Thing


The Philadelphia Citizen helped set the stage for what TBS hopes to achieve in 2016 with their feature article on Jan. 6th. Author Melanie Bavaria thoughtfully outlined the origin of our methods and our increasing relationships with schoolyard communities across Philly.

Nebinger: Paint 4 Play


This weekend, nearly 200 students, parents, and teachers joined TBS and Nebinger Home and School to celebrate (and paint) the approved site plan for the soon-to-be Nebinger schoolyard.

McKinley: Celebremos


“Our mission is to provide a nurturing, supportive, and actively engaging environment for students and families,” reads the mission statement of William Mckinley Elementary. The environment at the June 3rd Celebremos Our Community Our Ideas event, was nothing short of this school’s mission.

McKinley: Community Clean-Up


Alongside McKinley’s students, parents and teachers, The Big SandBox partnered with 17 Temple University students for Wednesday’s Put the Beds to Bed event.