Every day, NPS holds true to our mission of preserving and celebrating the Decade of Childhood for its students from Pre-K 3 through 6th Grade.
A direct reflection of the NPS Mission and the school’s focus on the Decade of Childhood, this innovative, intentional design strategically and creatively increases our “play footprint” and will be a playground for every grade and every child at NPS.
The Nest & Boardwalk
The centerpiece of the playground is inspired by the School's mascot, Spirit the Cardinal, and speaks to the school’s mission - to “launch” children from the “nest” of NPS and the Decade of Childhood to the next phase of their lives
Sandbox & Towers
In line with the Nest and Cardinal mascot, the playground features structures that replicate treehouses and treetops - including climbing towers that reach 30 feet at their peak.
Sport Court & Active Play Area
The sport court and active play area offer space for basketball and other court games, as well as many students' favorite - gaga ball. The existing turf field remains as is.
This new playground will provide a wonderful new space for our students to explore and challenge themselves through new and different play choices. Robin Westerberg, 3rd Grade Teacher & Faculty Representative to the Board of Trustees
The walholla offers new and exciting climbing experiences with its maze-like vertical and horizontal paths.
The elevated boardwalk offers a pathway along the length of the playground from the nest to the walholla.
The playground's thoughtful design increases the play footprint for our students by incorporating vertical and layered elements.
The intentional and thoughtful design incorporates extensive input from NPS teachers at all grade levels - professionals with keen knowledge of how children utilize playgrounds, as well as what equipment and forms of play spark learning and joy.Malcolm Lester, Head of School
Play structures come in various heights to offer climbing and sliding opportunities for all children.
The stone steps and grassy area offer places to read, rest and run and connect seamlessly to other playground areas.
Monkey Bars & Balance Logs
Time-tested features such as monkey bars and balance elements will be present in the new design and accessible to a range of age groups.