A Manhattan, N.Y., school is the latest to benefit from a public-private partnership (P3/PPP) to build green infrastructure playgrounds. The Roberto Clemente School recently unveiled its new $1 million playground designed to capture approximately 400,000 gallons of stormwater runoff each year.
The playground will serve as a public space during school breaks. Other features include an artificial turf field, running track, basketball courts, net climber, play house, water fountain, trees in pervious pavers, benches, boulders, turf pods, a stage, game tables, color seal art designed by the students, an outdoor classroom and a mural.
The P3 includes the Trust for Public Land, the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection. The P3 has built playgrounds at eight other schools in New York City and has three more in the works. Similar projects have been completed in Philadelphia, Newark and San Francisco.