Forty-eight playgrounds and counting. Through the generous support of Denver voters, foundation grants, and grassroots efforts, Denver’s children now have safer and healthier places to play. This week, Learning Landscapes, a program of the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado Denver—and a partnership project with Denver Public Schools—has been recognized for bringing together the organizations and elements needed to transform Denver’s elementary school playgrounds and surrounding neighborhoods through its design of new, safe, multi-dimensional play areas.
Named the recipient of the 2009 Entrepreneurial American Community Award by the Partners for Livable Communities (Partners) at the Celebration of Vision & Community Spirit Awards event on April 7 in Washington, D.C., Partners President Bob McNulty describes the award given to Learning Landscapes: “Through vision and dedication, Learning Landscapes has grown to become one of the most vital resources within Denver’s communities. Cities across the country should look to this program when developing their outdoor play spaces for children and families.”
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