Transforming Our Playgrounds

  1. Updates

We are lucky enough to have the support of many local companies here in Metro-Detroit. Recently, a few of those companies have stepped up to help make our playgrounds a beautiful place. Painting a playground can have an amazing impact on the school community. Not only does it transform a drab and colorless playground into a bright and inviting place for kids to play, but it also helps to create a safer space for our students at Recess.

Please take a look at some of our playground transformations below.  And if your company would like to sponsor a Playground Painting, please contact our Development Manager, Sommer Brock, at 313.879.4934 or

October 2013: Beaumont Health System’s Department of Orthopedic Surgery painted the playground at Bennett Elementary in Southwest Detroit

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May 2014: The Metro Detroit Association of Health Underwriters painted the playground at Roosevelt Primary School in Ferndale

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June 2014: Volunteers from Booz Allen Hamilton painted the playground at Edison Elementary in Madison Heights

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More Updates

Vincent speaking to students
Vincent speaking to students

May 15, 2023

Let’s Create a Brighter Future Through Play ›

I am so thrilled to continue my journey with the Playworks Michigan team after joining as Executive Director in November 2022.  After only a few months I have had the…

January 10, 2023

Understanding the Complex Simplicities of Play ›

Play is a behavior that is natural and has existed for thousands of years and across species. It combines a set of made-up rules or norms and a willingness to…

three people with Playworks shirts
three people with Playworks shirts

July 28, 2022

A year of social and emotional learning ›

“You can’t do SEL, trauma, or equity work without each other,” Jennette Claassen, Head of Evaluation, Playworks. As Playworks continued to progress on our equity journey, we explored a critical…