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

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 explore. Researchers, scientists, and doctors have studied the effects of play on kids–and adults–and understand that this natural behavior has tremendous benefits. As the American…

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 question: what are the intersections between play, social and emotional learning, physical activity, and trauma? A working group focused on this question decided, among other…

August 24, 2021

Playworks Founder Jill Vialet Publishes ‘Why Play Works’ ›

Play brings out the best in every kid. Over the course of 25 years since Jill Vialet founded Playworks, she and her colleagues, as well as researchers and play experts, have demonstrated precisely how and why play works to help kids learn and grow in the most positive and healthy ways. Jill gathered stories from people…