Washington Elementary Playground
In 2017 the Fayetteville School District (FSD) selected Crafton Tull to address a century old issue plaguing the Washington Elementary School playground.
The purpose of the project was to address:
• Drainage and erosion issues. City storm sewer siltation from the site.
• Long-standing safety issues as well as updating the playground to be ADA accessible.
• Need for environmentally sound low impact development techniques (LID) including:
• Preservation of all on-site mature trees
• Providing permeable materials to allow for water absorption at existing roots
• Placing rain gardens to help catch, direct, clean, and absorb runoff
The landscape architects considered topography, watersheds, simple comforts (shade, seating, etc.), and opportunities for education through play during the design process.
The finished playground not only fixes the water problems, it does so in a way that is environmentally responsible, and is fun for the kids. The now inclusive playground includes different site elements with safe and colorful permeable rubber surfacing, gradual ramps, landing pads, safety rails, and plenty of shade.