Hammerschmidt School, Current Campus
The WHS Learn + Play Gardens will update the current playground with new equipment. More importantly, the new landscaping is focused on mitigating the poor water drainage that finds standing water on the playfields following rain storms and snow melt—causing them to be muddy and unusable for many days out of the year.
WHS Learn + Play Gardens Master Plan
The WHS Learn + Play Gardens Master Plan details how the current Hammerschmidt School Campus will be graded, planted and built to incorporate outdoor education areas, well maintained playfields, vegetable and butterfly gardens, and native plantings that will improve the overall environment and mitigate flooding in the area.
a naturally interactive gardenscape and foster a healthy environment
to learn + play.
The “WHS Learn + Play Gardens” will instill a lifelong connection to our natural world, foster a passion for physical recreation, and create a personal awareness of the value of health and wellness. We aim to positively affect the lives of our students and neighboring community members who
visit our schoolyard both during the school year
and throughout the
The WHS Learn + Play Gardens is a vision of outdoor classrooms and recreational amenities that emphasize the importance of caring for our environment. It will feature:
• Sustainable and recycled
• Edible, native and butterfly
gardens, native trees
• Public art
• Various play areas and loop
• Historic Lombard markers
In addition the program aims to resolve ongoing drainage issues in low-lying and flood-prone areas that negatively impact the use of the grounds and the neighborhood beyond.
We appreciate your support for this community project! Your donations will directly impact the quality of life we enjoy in Lombard.
If you have the skills, we have the need! Put on your garden gloves or help raise funds. Whether you can spend a few hours with us or want to lead a project, let us know.
Come roll up your sleeves with us! We look forward
to meeting you.
See WHS Learn + Play Gardens on Schoolscapes!
• Water the Edible Gardens this summer! Ongoing!
• Breaking Ground for the WHS Learn+Play Gardens: TBD
Watch the Schoolscapes network to see
WHS Learn + Play Gardens Chair, Andi Cooper,
WHS Principal David Danielski and 1st Grader Joey Dabisch explain the WHS Learn + Play Gardens project and why it's important to our school and community!
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All proceeds benefit the WHS Learn + Play Gardens!
WHS Learn + Play Gardens
& The Chicago Wilderness Society
Check out our blog entry on Chicago Wilderness where Andi Cooper beautifully captures how our Edible Gardens were built!