Monday, August 27, 2012

Meet The Designer!

Meet our playground designer: Lisa DeShano
Adult Stats: 
Lisa has a degree in Architecture from the University of Michigan. 
She has been a designer and project manager for Play by Design and working with children and communities for more than 6 years.
This summer, Lisa taught math to 3-9 year olds in Tanzania for three weeks. 

Kid Stats: 
Lisa has a 9 year old stepson she likes to talk to about her playground designs. 
When she isn't designing playgrounds, she likes to play soccer. She has played soccer since she was 4 years old. She also races bicycles and teaches yoga and Pilates. 
Lisa loves being outdoors and fishing with her dad. 

We are excited to have Lisa come to Topanga next month to help us design our new playground. Come meet Lisa at the TCC and volunteer to help build the new playground at the design unveiling on September 13 at 7pm! 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Playground Design Day is September 13


The children of Topanga deserve a safe and stimulating place to play.  Since the Topanga Co-Op Preschool went dormant a few years ago, the TCC playground has been in a state of disrepair and it is no longer meeting the needs of the community... much less any current safety code standards.  This summer, the TCC board voted to bring in a professional playground design team, PLAY BY DESIGN, to help our community build a playground that is as unique as Topanga! 

The playground architect will be meeting with children at Topanga Elementary on September 13 to hear their ideas and get their input. She will then design the playground back at the TCC and it will be unveiled that evening at the TCC at 7pm. 

It would be wonderful to get the backing and support of the greater Topanga community for this project. The night of the 13th will mark the kick-off for fundraising and recruiting for volunteers to build the playground in the spring. We are hoping to raise between $50,000 and $75,000 and build the new playground sometime in March or April. 

We hope you'll make time to attend. We are hoping to attract a hundred Topanga families to the Design Day unveiling next month at the TCC at 7pm. Families are welcome and or course, children are encouraged to come! 

If you are interested in volunteering or have additional questions, please email: