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)