Back to School looks a bit different these days, but at the beginning of the 2019-20 school year students at Field Elementary in Littleton gathered to celebrate an exciting new addition. Littleton Public Schools (LPS), in partnership with the City of Littleton, used a $287,942 grant from Arapahoe County Open Spaces to renovate the school’s 30-year old playground. Improvements include two new play areas, featuring a wide variety of climbers, swings, slides and spinners, as well as new basketball courts, tetherball, four square and hopscotch areas.
LPS playgrounds are open to the public outside of school hours, so this partnership benefits the community far beyond just the student population; the playground also serves as a neighborhood park for nearly 15,000 residents living within a one-mile radius, including about 2,000 kids ages 5-14.
LPS has utilized grants from Arapahoe County Open Spaces for playground renovations at several other schools in recent years, including Centennial Academy, Runyon Elementary and Options Secondary at Whitman.
Watch a video below to learn more about our partnership with LPS and the wellness benefits of outdoor play. The video was produced in early 2019, midway through the playground renovation project.
The Open Spaces grant program is made possible by the voter-approved, quarter cent Arapahoe County Open Space Sales and Use Tax. Thank you for your support. The kids at Field Elementary thank you, too!