Project SANDBox: Yard Renewal


We are excited for our major 2019 - 2020 Initiative! 
The Ki
nder Yard is getting a MAJOR facelift! 

Project SANDbox is Hopewell Avenue Public School's school council led initiative to create a natural playground that encourages nature play for 200 kindergarten students and 16 preschoolers. The current play structure is dated and has a compacted sand surface that prevents drainage, creating floods and hazardous icy conditions in the winter. We successfully submitted two grant applications over the summer and received $7,500 from the City of Ottawa an another $10,000 from TD Friends of the Environment Fund. Now that school is back, with your support, we are hoping to ramp up fundraising efforts to create the natural play ground space our children deserve.

If you, or anyone you know, is interested in contributing to our school project by leading, or joining the fundraising committee, to help organize a fundraising event between October 2019 and February 2020, please reach out to us at

Have you ever thought, "I know how to make the Kinder Yard waaaaaaay better"? If so, you are in luck - now is your chance to share your ideas with people who actually want hear them. 
Since al
most 200 kindergarten students play in the space each day, we want to maximize the space and emphasize all-season play elements. The yard suffers drainage issues that create pools of water which freeze and thaw as temperatures change creating dangerous conditions. We want to ensure your views are counted as we enter the design stage. survey imageWe are asking that parents and guardians, students and staff please provide your feedback on our on-line survey.
If you have questions or want to join our group please contact

Thank you - we appreciate your feedback! 

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