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Thank you, Great Outdoors Colorado!

AcademyACL is very proud to be a new recipient of a Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Schoolyard Initiative Grant, awarded March 23, 2017. This was a competitive grant process with applicants from across the state of Colorado, funded by Colorado Lottery dollars.

Students on a small Youth Focus Group, a larger group of representatives from every class, and the entire student body, along with teachers and a parent grant-writing committee, worked together to create the details for the grant application.

Work will begin this summer, with the following elements of our "Forest Green" natural playground to be created:

  • Outdoor classroom and seating space
  • 'Hobbiton' area with shallow caves and a walking bridgeS
  • Slide built into the side of a hill
  • 'Elf town' tiny house area
  • Ga-ga ball pit (
  • Climbing wall
  • Castle deck
  • Analemmatic sundial
  • Walking labyrinth
  • Butterfly garden and quiet seating areas

We are excited to work together with neighbors, friends, community members, and volunteers to create this beautiful, eco-friendly and green space for our students and the neighborhood to enjoy. Stay updated on our dedicated Facebook page,, called Forest Green at Pike Park.

The GOCO grant funds $110,000 of this project, with an additional $37,000 needed in cash and in-kind donations. Students raised over $29,000 at their 2016 Readathon to support their playground. Donors can donate cash online, and contact the school office to donate materials, trees, and plants, and connect with volunteer opportunities.