Learning Landscapes are comprised of grass playing fields, age-appropriate play equipment, trees, shade structures, gateways, artwork, gardens, traditional play elements and non-traditional play elements. Learning Landscapes function as local public parks providing much needed green space and social gathering places while fostering neighborhood pride for local communities. The principal value of a learning landscape is its multi-purpose nature. In an era of limited municipal resources and widespread gentrification, single-minded urban renewal projects that are forced on communities are neither viable nor sustainable solutions for community redevelopment.
Since 1998, the Learning Landscapes Initiative has partnered with Denver Public Schools to transform 93 neglected school playgrounds into attractive and safe multi-use parks tailored to the needs and desires of the local community.