• 75°

Salisbury Academy breaks ground on outdoor learning space

By Lizzy Roy

SALISBURY — Shovels went in the ground with a cheer from students, faculty, staff and community supporters in a groundbreaking Tuesday for construction of Salisbury Academy’s Outdoor Learning Space.

The groundbreaking paid tribute to donors, volunteers and visionaries who have worked to bring the project to reality.

“This future space will be one of smiles, laughs, learning and memories, a space that provides the benefits of nature, play, health and wellness,” said Head of School Beverly Fowler, standing on the playground and the site of the new interactive outdoor area.

Fowler, Mayor Karen Alexander, board of trustees Chairman Paul Bardinas and development Chairwoman Traci Williams lifted the first symbolic shovels of soil where the outdoor space will be created.

“Developing the Outdoor Learning Space has been a two-year process with a lot of behind-the-scenes work, and we are finally at the momentous stage of beginning construction,” said Bardinas. “A very big thank you to our fundraisers, development committee, community panel and to our head of school for making this dream a reality.”

The outdoor space will foster free play while offering student engagement with the natural world through gardens, outdoor classrooms, natural areas, and a wealth of opportunity for exercise and exploration. Phase 1 construction will include trails, music and butterfly gardens, birdwatching areas, play areas, and a dry creek and bridge, among other features.

The Outdoor Learning Space is a key component of the school’s Project Green Space, a movement for sustainability and conservation. Other aspects of Project Green Space include expansion of the environmental curriculum, a major LED lighting upgrade, recycling programs and a school garden.

In her closing comments at Tuesday’s groundbreaking, Fowler thanked the founders of Salisbury Academy who she said had the vision for a school where students could learn through experience and are active and engaged with the world around them.

“What an honor it is to build upon that legacy with this exciting new outdoor space,” said Fowler. “We are thrilled to offer our students and community new avenues for making those critical outdoor connections.”

Comments

Local

Dennis Rivers joins Salisbury Police Department in new homeless advocate position

Cleveland

Rockwell, Faith, Cleveland adopt 2021-22 budgets; East Spencer officials to receive budget next week

Sports

Brind’Amour gets contract extension with Hurricanes, wins coach of year honors

Local

West Rowan grad wins two national masonry competitions

Local

Quotes of the week

Education

Rowan, Kannapolis students below state average for federal aid applications

High School

High school baseball playoffs: Raiders roll past Oak Grove

News

3 dead, 2 still missing after tubers go over Dan River dam

Coronavirus

County, state officials work to increase vaccinations as concern over Delta variant grows

News

Cooper no fan of energy bill

Business

Hexagon Agility to expand Salisbury facility, invest $28 million, create 75 new jobs

Crime

Blotter: Two men rob convenience store at gunpoint

Business

Brewery, second-floor restaurant planned for downtown China Grove

Local

Sonny Allen, former mayor of Salisbury, dies at age 90

Education

RCCC names Student Excellence Award finalists

Local

City approves permit for child care center near downtown

Landis

Landis removed from Local Government Commission’s watch list

Business

Deadline approaches to apply for Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Rowan program

Local

YSUP Rowan launches month-long drug use prevention campaign

Education

Shoutouts

Education

RSS reports man impersonating summer meals worker

Local

County ponders plumbing replacement to completely eliminate lead in Dukeville

High School

High school baseball: Round 2 for South, East

College

College baseball: Former East slugger Chandler Blackwelder commits to North Greenville