American School gets new playground

May 24, 2010 - 3:57:40 am


Doha: The American School of Doha (ASD) was pleased to welcome guests and school administrators for a dedication ceremony of a new playground for the elementary school.

The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) at ASD raised and donated over QR1m to build a new elementary playground. Through fundraisers such as the community wide, Friendship Festival, and private events throughout three school years, the PTA was able to successfully raise the funds needed for this project.

PTA President, Lia Zaccagnino, said: “This playground is a testament to the support of our entire ASD community and a welcomed addition to our school.”

The playground is a state-of- the-art facility with equipment from Landscape Structures Inc and installed by their Doha based representatives Amaco Trading.

The playground was designed by Katrin Scholz-Barth, an ASD parent and environmental consultant and her partner, Edmundo Colon-Izquierdo, a professional landscape architect, who spent countless hours meeting with students, teachers, parents and administrators to design a learning environment which helps children have fun in a safe and intriguing way.

The playground includes two different play structures, an educational maze, wobble pods and pod bridge, climbing rocks, and an olive and citrus mangrove that are all connected with new interlock pathways, installed by Khalid Mansour, of Gamma Projects, also an ASD parent.

These new routes allow children to ride tricycles to work on dexterity and balancing skills. There is also a climbing wall, moved from a previous location at the school, and several grass mounds that separate an active playing field from tranquil play areas.

Other goals included sustainable landscaping requiring minimal irrigation. Plants were locally grown and planted by Arab Qatari Agricultural Production Company.

The olive and citrus trees came from Italy (Arabian Trees and Plants) and provide a serene setting for students to study or read in addition to the playing areas.

Every aspect of the playground area was designed with the students and the environment in mind and providing the entire ASD community a new location to see renewable resources incorporated into a beautiful setting.

ASD Director Ed Ladd, said: “This project captures the essence of our school’s philosophy: sustainability for the environment, a focus on learning and play, and achievement through collaboration with parents. The elementary playground marks another benchmark in our creation of an exemplary environment for students at The American School of Doha.”The Peninsula