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Our Vision

Our vision is to create an iconic, world-class, inclusive playground rooted in elements of nature-based play, STEM & environmental learning for use by Wickliffe students, staff, families, the larger Upper Arlington community and visitors from near & far.



This once-in-a-generation project will benefit Wickliffe students and staff, add value to our community and enhance the lives of all Wickliffe visitors! Volunteers will be engaging with the Upper Arlington community throughout the next year and there will be many opportunities for input and collaboration. We’d love your help!


All funds needed to purchase and install new playground equipment will need to be fundraised before construction can start. A fundraising committee made up of Upper Arlington parents has been formed to investigate and solicit donations for the project from key community stakeholders, including business & corporate sponsors, families, local foundations, and by seeking grants.

Thank you to all of our sponsors so far!

Playground Highlights

  • $400,000-$500,000+ building investment for structures and surfaces.
  • Playground design meets multiple modality needs — space for all learners!
  • Playground will capitalize on benefits of nature-based play.
  • Playground infrastructure strengthens community and school engagement.
  • Improved areas provide accessibility, enrichment, and green space.

Project Timeline

  • Phase 1a: Create loose parts and fort play space in the area between the Castle and the blacktop (nearing completion).
  • Phase 1b & 1c: Enhance boulder area with accessible swinging & spinning structures (installation February 2024).
  • Phase 2: UA Schools investment of post-and-platform play structure, a wheelchair accessible spinner, monkey bars, poured-in-place surfacing, new athletic field & Castle decommission (Summer 2024).
  • Phase 3: $350,000 community fundraise for additional play structures & grounds update.
  • Phase 4: Create outdoor classroom space and expand the Octopus Garden (3-5 years in the future).
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