The plan calls for removing more than a quarter of the schoolyard’s asphalt, replacing it with green space and a mixed-use recreation and educational space (an outdoor classroom). Because of Hawley’s successful gardening program, the plan also incorporates additional raised-bed planters and rain gardens. Student-created signage throughout the school grounds will identify the schoolyard’s green infrastructure. A proposed underground cistern will be artistically represented in the kickball field above it so that every time students run the bases they are reminded of the hidden infrastructure underfoot. The plan also features no-mow grass, sun sails, shade trees, and a greenwall system for plants to climb.
Conceptual Schoolyard Redevelopment Plan
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Green Team Meeting Minutes
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Vision in a Nutshell
The redesigned schoolyard replaces some asphalt with a curvilinear footpath and miscellaneous sun shades among tree plantings. A stormwater cistern underneath a grass kickball field is also proposed.
5610 W. Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53213
K4 - 5th Grades
74% Reduced Lunch
Detailed Design, Permitting, & Construction
Maintenance & Programming
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Executive Director, Reflo - Sustainable Water Solutions
The proposed schoolyard redevelopment will help us expand our outdoor place-based learning environment and support academic and social development. This significant improvement to our school campus and neighborhood community supports Hawley Environmental School’s Vision for our students to be “globally-minded, critical thinkers and environmentally conscious leaders.”
— Lesley Zylstra