Affolter Park Redesign Community Meeting

Indian Peaks Elementary fourth graders, in collaboration with Kathy Kron (Project Manager with the City of Longmont) and Kerry White (Urban Play Design), hosted a Community Meeting on November 17 in the school's library. The fourth graders have had the unique opportunity to become participants in a playground redesign process of the school's neighboring Affolter Park. Teachers have consistently approached this project as a STEM design challenge within civic understandings. Students have been key partners by providing the City with survey data about playground perspectives and preliminary prototypes.  

Students kicked off the event with a special welcome to community members and a brief overview of the design process they have been participating in this year. Kathy and Kerry spoke to attendees about the existing facilities, and the prototypes' pros and cons. Community members were then invited to share out feedback in small group settings, where the fourth graders facilitated. The City of Longmont and Urban Play Design will continue to work on plans in the next few months, with the hope of breaking ground for the new playground this summer.  Students are hopeful that the new playground will reflect a nature-inspired design, along with the school's colors (blue and green).