Natural Playscape Community Visioning Complete! A Build is Next.


The playground! Photo Credit: Brad Will

The GW Elementary School PTO and the PTO Natural Playscape Committee are pleased to complete the final visioning phase of a Natural Playscape project that is to get underway this year.

Recently, the group met with GW students to finalize their ideas and goals. Last evening, the plans were shared with parents, teacher and the community at large.


L-R: James Shaughnessy, Brad Will and GW PTO Natural Playscape Co-Chair Ann Loeding. Photo Credit: Lori Joseph


Participants included James Shaungnessy, a member of the Board of Education:

“I commend the GW PTO Natural Playscape Committee for imagining a different type of playground and persevering in their effort to make it real. Ms. Loeding said that School Superintendent Dr. Paul Padalino has been supportive, and I thank him for that. GW students have been involved in the design; a good way to teach children to be respectful to others is to be respectful to them. Having them help design their play environment shows respect. GW is my neighborhood school.”

…and Brad Will, Alderman of the 3rd Ward in the City of Kingston:

“It was informative and great to see something coming together. With community involvement, this will happen – and become model for the Kingston school district.”

The group will meet next with the district for approval.


The parking lot. A new vision. Photo Credit: Brad Will

In the meantime, the group has begun to solicit donations of materials and are seeking the following:

Reclaimed wood
Crushed rock
Fencing materials

For more information, contact Ann Loeding:  or  Kelly Storrs:


GW PTO Natural Playscape Co-Chair Kelly Storrs (far left). Photo Credit: Lori Joseph