BLOOM ACADEMY PLAYSCAPE
The Bloom Academy Playscape is sectioned into two spaces by the Wonderwall, with each area intended for children ages 0 to 2 years and 2 to 5 years. The Wonderwall features a hand-pump system specially designed for children and a rain shower archway. The water flows into varying levels, eventually flowing into the planting beds and mud kitchen area. Custom play structures encourage interactive play. Large grasses and a grid of palms provide ample opportunity to hide and seek among varying materials. Designated areas feature a cluster of saplings, allowing children to observe ecological succession as the plants grow.
"Bloom Academy eco-friendly child care centers were founded solely on the idea of providing a modern, green approach to early learning. The Bloom approach was created by Casey Kennedy, a certified teacher and mother. Casey has a passion for education, earth friendliness and a desire to create the ideal, wholesome child care environment for the modern family. Bloom has become a home away from home for over 200 families. Children at Bloom follow a structured daily routine that include fine & large motor development, introductory gardening skills, dramatic play, healthy, organic and natural meals and snacks and much more... Bloom has partnered with the Honest Company to supply all natural diapers, wipes, creams, sunscreen, bug spray, etc. Infants in care are supplied with organic formula and baby foods, while preschoolers are served organic milk. A crew of cleaning fairies visit the school each night to clean & sanitize with earth friendly, plant and vinegar based products, along with chlorine free bleach."
Harbour Style Magazine, "Preschool Goes Green" (2018)
Punta Gorda, FL
STATUS / DATES
In Progress / 2017-2018
M. Chris Alonso, Landscape Architect, TOPO_GRAPHIC