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Cedar Falls - Iowa Aldrich Elementary

When Aldrich Elementary, a new school in the Cedar Falls Community School District, is at full capacity, it will house a total of 625 students: 20 PreK, 80 Kindergarteners and 525 first through sixth graders.

Part of building the new school was creating two playgrounds, one for the younger students and one for the older students.

Budget $175k
Age Range 2yrs - 12yrs
Location Cedar Falls, Iowa
5-12 Playground A combination of equipment made a unique playground for the school district.
Students Help Design Playgrounds

The students who would be going to this school were very much involved in determining what play equipment went on the playgrounds. They were asked, if you were to have your dream playground:


What do you have now that you would like to have?

What don’t you have now that you would like to have?


The answers included:

The “spider” net climbing structure that Lincoln Elementary put in the year before – the kids loved this.


Swings. Lincoln Elementary also had very limited space, so they didn’t have any swings due to the clearance needed and


Southdale Elementary had swings that the students liked.

The primary project managers at the school looked at different features the playground equipment offered with some very specific activities in mind, such as balancing and upper body strength, and there were certain physical workouts they wanted the students to get as well.


One of the primary reasons ABcreative was chosen for this playground project was the uniqueness of the play equipment in the proposed plan and how it met these criteria. No place in Cedar Falls had equipment like this.

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