Outdoor Play & Learning Environments

Limestone Learning Foundation

Image of completed outdoor play and learning area at Elginburg DPS.

Everyone benefits from a well-designed school ground. As such, the Limestone District School Board (LDSB) has partnered with Evergreen to develop guidelines and an approvals process to assist schools in the planning, design, construction and maintenance of school ground enhancements. 

These guidelines give school communities, including administrators, teachers, custodians, parents and design professionals, a common understanding for discussing, planning, and implementing outdoor play-learning environments. Based on a set of design principles centered on meeting children’s developmental needs—physical, cognitive, social, and emotional – the guidelines encompass design ideas, construction details, and site management practices that incorporate innovation and long-term sustainability. While specific sections target specific developmental stages, the documents contain broad lessons that should be applied to a general planning and implementation process.

Schools interested in undertaking school ground improvements must submit an outdoor project request to their LDSB Facility Services Operational Supervisor prior to planning any work on their school grounds. Once received, LDSB and Evergreen will support  the planning and implementation of their school ground projects.


The Limestone District School Board is situated on traditional territories of the Anishinaabe & Haudenosaunee.