ASPEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PLAYGROUND
Client: Aspen School District/Aspen Parent Teacher Organization
Location: Aspen Elementary School, Colorado
Project Status: Completed 2011
Connect One Design collaborated on a pro bono basis with the Aspen Elementary School to provide a more usable, exciting, and educational outdoor space for the students. Much of the play spaces at the school were underutilized or in need of refurbishment.
Connect One drew on the surrounding environment of the school to create a playground that was inclusive of all ages and abilities at the school. The design celebrates the Rocky Mountain environment with playful interpretations of the geologic past, mining history, and fascination with outdoor sports including climbing, sledding, and even off-road driving. The design facilitates active, cooperative, creative, dramatic, and manipulative play while helping children explore social and environmental concepts. Many of the elements included were built or provided by the community to maximize the financial savings to the school, and allow them to construct a more exciting, engaging, and inclusive space for the children.