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Vancouver’s school playgrounds target ‘diversity of options’

Revamps, like at Hough Elementary, focus on meeting many needs

By For children, a school playground can be much more than a place to let out their wiggles each day.
Published: August 19, 2023, 6:13am
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Playground designer Jane Tesner-Kleiner looks over a sign at the Hough Elementary School playground Wednesday morning. Bond measures in recent years have allowed Vancouver Public Schools and Evergreen Public Schools to totally revamp elementary school playgrounds for both accessibility and diversity of options for play.
Playground designer Jane Tesner-Kleiner looks over a sign at the Hough Elementary School playground Wednesday morning. Bond measures in recent years have allowed Vancouver Public Schools and Evergreen Public Schools to totally revamp elementary school playgrounds for both accessibility and diversity of options for play. (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

For children, a school playground can be much more than a place to let out their wiggles each day.

“With these playgrounds, these schools become a community resource. After school hours, this is their park,” said Jane Tesner-Kleiner, a disabilities advocate and landscape architect who’s led redesigns of school playgrounds across Vancouver over the last decade.

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