Playground Transformations

St. Paul's students show off their muscles on the new playground.

Hear from St. Paul's teachers about how outdoor play positively impacts social emotional wellness, student concentration, skill development, and more.

Outdoor play is a critical part of St. Paul's education. We recognize the social emotional wellness benefits for students across all age groups. 

Playground Transformation Status

Through individual gifts, pledges, and Fund-A-Vision donations at our past two auctions, we have raised more than $1,200,000 toward our playground transformations. While the school had to pause and tackle the challenges surrounding COVID-19, we never lost the vision for new outdoor play spaces. Click here to see the list of playground supporters.

In September 2021, we completed our West Playground for first and second grades. In October 2022, we completed the newly imagined South Playground which primarily serves third through eighth grade. Students are enjoying the new play equipment, outdoor classroom, bench seating, and expanded sport field. We also increased the landscaping to add cheery surrounds to the playgrounds' exteriors. Keep scrolling to see images of our new play spaces.

Our work is not yet done! We are finalizing plans on our toddler/preschool playground and hope to begin construction in summer 2023. Fundraising efforts continue as we purchase new equipment for this reimagined play space.

Support Outdoor Play at St. Paul's

West Playground

St. Paul's students play on the new colorful west playground.
St. Paul's students play on the new colorful west playground.
St. Paul's students play on the new colorful west playground.
St. Paul's students play on the new colorful west playground.
St. Paul's students play on the new colorful west playground.
St. Paul's students play on the new colorful west playground.

South Playground

For children and adolescents, outdoor environments provide a myriad of benefits in their development. Daily interaction in outdoor environments enhances physical activity and play as well as provides health benefits such as reducing frequency of obesity and disease. It can also enhance mental health and resilience, while boosting self-discipline and a child’s ability to concentrate. Lastly, being outdoors with nature can improve environmental awareness.

Playground Renderings and Site Plans

Rendering for St. Paul's Early Childhood playground

Rendering for St. Paul's Early Childhood playground

Rendering of the future St. Paul's south playground

Rendering of the future St. Paul's south playground

Rendering of the St. Paul's west playground (renovations planned for Summer 2021)

Site Plan for St. Paul's ECC playground

Site Plan for St. Paul's ECC playground (renovation timing is TBD)

Site plan for St. Paul's south playground

Site plan for St. Paul's south playground (renovation timing is TBD)

Support Our Vision

To learn more about the full master plan and how you can join this vision for outdoor play, please contact our Director of Development at development@speds.org.