The University of Memphis Barbara K. Lipman Early Learning and Research Center Hosts Groundbreaking with Keep Tennessee Beautiful

The University of Memphis Playground Beautification Donation from Keep America Beautiful and Keep Tennessee Beautiful

National Nonprofit Keep America Beautiful presents the Center with a $10,000 donation; Keep Tennessee Beautiful Donates $5,000

Keep America Beautiful® and Keep Tennessee Beautiful came together with The University of Memphis to “break ground” on a playground for the Barbara K. Lipman Early Learning and Research Center, which serves about 125 children ranging from 2 to 5 years of age. The playground will offer a creative outdoor environment that exposes them early and often to concepts of environmental stewardship reinforced through experimentation, education, and play.

Keep America Beautiful presented the Barbara K. Lipman Early Learning & Research Center with a $10,000 donation during the groundbreaking for the development of the playground. Keep Tennessee Beautiful followed suit with a $5,000 donation. The check presentation took place prior to the opening of the Keep America Beautiful National Conference, Feb. 12-14, at The Peabody Hotel in Memphis.

The playground will consist of multiple features that highlight the natural geography of the Memphis Delta, including the Mississippi River Path created by a play surface that will undulate and a Dry Riverbed Playscape that will allow for observation and interaction with the natural water run-off cycle.

The playground will feature a sustainability area that features a composting, sorting and recycling center. It will also have playable items and classic playground features like a train station, stepping stones, and climbing areas.

(Photos courtesy of Trey Clark. The University of Memphis)