Space to Grow Breaks Ground

June 23, 2014

Space to Grow begins

Space to Grow is an innovative partnership to transform Chicago schoolyards into centers for outdoor learning, play and engagement with nature and art, while contributing to a significant reduction in stormwater runoff across the city.  Here’s a look at Space to Grow’s first groundbreaking event at Schmid Elementary earlier this month! Schmid is one of four Space to Grow pilot schools that will be built this summer.

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This groundbreaking means that after a year of planning with school staff, students, parents and community members, construction is set to begin on a reimagined schoolyard. Here’s the drawing that was unveiled for the Schmid community:

By the end of fall, the new schoolyard will be complete! Stay posted for updates on other groundbreakings at CPS schools this summer.

Space to Grow is a multi-sector, public-private partnership led by HSC and Openlands and made possible by the amazing leadership and generous financial support of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, the City of Chicago Department of Water Management and Chicago Public Schools. Additional partners include the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC) based at Lurie Children’s Hospital and The Kitchen Community.