ASLA 2003 Community Service Award
Initiative, Boston, MA
The Boston Schoolyard Initiative (BSI) is a model for promoting community-driven
sustainable development, environmental stewardship, responsible public
policy, and outdoor experiential education in the Boston Public Schools.
This public/private partnership is funded by the City of Boston and local
foundations and is revitalizing Boston’s underutilized schoolyards
using an inclusive community design process aimed at uniting school and
neighborhood, building constituency groups capable of sustaining capital
improvements and ongoing programming. The 250 acres of visible open space that have been revitalized are virtually unrecognizable from their earlier condition. Today, BSI is in its eighth year of transforming these
school grounds into active centers for academic learning, creative play,
and community use.
|Artists and youth work hand-in-hand to create public art pieces. This gate and fence was designed by students and fabricated by the artist. (Photo by: Boston Schoolyard Funders Collaborative)|
|The Otis Elementary School in East Boston. (Photo by: Boston Schoolyard Funders Collaborative)|
|The nature trail at the Murphy Elementary School illustrates that Improvements to school grounds are designed to provide maximum accessibility and comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. (Photo by: Boston Schoolyard Funders Collaborative)|