Work Will Start This Summer
LaSalle II is on schedule to receive a new playground, basketball court, mural and raised growing beds on the Wolcott side of the school this coming summer! Thanks to the support of OpenLands, Alderman Moreno, and the parent Capital Campaign, our dreams of a campus re-imagination is becoming a reality.
We Have an Amazing Design Team
CPS has assigned the design of the playground portion to Site Design Group. In our initial meeting with Site Design Group, they asked if we were open to some unique thinking. We shared our prior school community research, but of course said we would love to see their ideas.
We were extremely pleased to be presented with two options, both of which are inspired by our four World Languages. The infrastructure committee secured input from administration, infrastructure committee and at our parent coffee. We are excited to be pursuing the enclosed option with a few requested minor tweeks. Our feedback has indicated this is an exciting plan to pursue because of its cultural inspiration, ability to accommodate large number of kids, uniqueness, and huge play value.
Our Current Design
The designer’s description is as follows: The Storytime Concept is based on four children’s stories from the four languages taught at LaSalle 2 School. Don Quixote in Spanish, Arabian Nights in Arabic, Journey to the West in Chinese, and Le Petit Prince (Little Prince) in French are loosely incorporated into the playground scheme. Multilingual quotes from these four stories will be incorporated within the playground, providing an educational opportunity and further awareness of other cultures beyond the playground.
Starting at the top, which would be closest to the 2 story building, the Spanish concept would be an intricate tall climber with a windmill sculpture incorporated. The Arabic portion includes a flying carpet benches with play elements to mimic clouds. The Mountains of china are represented in boulders and nets, while the French story includes a raised mound and play spinners ‘growing’ from the rounded surface. A larger format board will be placed at the front of the school for parents to take a closer look. We are excited to see this come to life.
We are forming a garden committee to help with the front outdoor classroom and the raised vegetable beds that will be installed on the Wolcott side. If you have a green thumb (or even if it is slightly brown) – we need your help! Please contact Carrie Davis, Garden Club contact to volunteer.
Mural Design Survey
And if you have not yet voted – please consider giving us your opinion on what the theme of the Wolcott mural should be. We will close the survey as of 5pm on Monday Jan. 20. Thanks to those that have voted. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WolcottMuralTheme
Playgrounds to Visit
And finally, if you would like to see samples of Site Design Group’s recent work, you may want to visit these playgrounds:
- Mary Bartelme Park – Intersection of S. Peoria St. and W. Adams St
- Ward Park – Intersection of W. Erie and N. Kingsbury
- Near North Montessori School – 1434 West Division Street
- Mellin Park – Intersection of Bryn Mawr and Ashland
- Merryman Park – 3741 N. Marshfield Ave
- Merrimac Park – 6343 W. Irving Park Road
- Coliseum Park – Intersection of E 14th Place and S Wabash Ave