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Colorado Center For Community Development

Kyffin Elementary



Kyffin Elementary was opened in 1972 and is part of the Jefferson County School District R-1, serving students from Kindergarten through 6th grade. The school has received the John Irwin School of Excellence Award for ten years running and had a high level of parent involvement. The schoolyard contained a mixture of play equipment of varying ages and pea gravel created a slipping hazard when it traveled across walkways. There was also little opportunity for afterschool use of the schoolyard, which was located in a suburban neighborhood.

An active PTA and motivated school staff gathered input from community members and students on what improvements they wanted to see in their schoolyard. CCCD students developed a preliminary schoolyard master plan that included a challenge course, climbing wall, swings, shade structures and a grass field for sports activities. In partnership with the Jefferson County Parks and Recreation, Kyffin Elementary has submitted a grant application to GOCO for funding this project, with a successful local fund raising activity to support implementation.

Project Details

  • Project Name: Kyffin Elementary Schoolyard Master Plan
  • Location: Lakewood, Jefferson County, CO
  • Project Team: Dan Wheeler, Byungsun Yang, Benjamin Wurzer
  • Local Participants: Tina Hageman, Grant Coordinator, Michele DeAndrea-Austin, Principal, local PTA committee members
  • Time Frame: Fall 2013

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