Nature Playground

at City Garden Montessori School

saint louis, missouri
mound

Nothing is as well-used as a turf mound in the center of the play area

structures

Unconventional play structures and materials allow for free play and creative expression

window

The play area is anchored by an outdoor structure designed by UIC and executed in a warm wood

biodetention

Biodetention near the building entry provides shade and texture

Respect all the reasonable forms of activity in which the child engages and try to understand them.

Maria Montessori

Collaborators

City Garden Montessori School

School Parent Playground Committee

UIC

Project Facts

Size:
0.5 acre

Completion:
2015

Facts:
175 students
Kindergarten through 8th Grade
Open to the public off-hours

[dtls] collaborated with the school’s parent playground committee for over a year, working to develop a program, schematic site plan, budget and phasing strategy for an engaging playground design that would conform to the Montessori goals of education and play in an outdoor environment. Providing areas for active play for the school’s broad range of students from Kindergarten through Eighth Grade, the playground design also provides quiet study spaces, outdoor classrooms and garden planting areas. The use of native and edible plants reinforces the connection to place.
The schematic playground plan acts as a guide for the ongoing planning and phased implementation of the playground design by the school and parent volunteers.

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