The Rooftop and Open Spaces Project is an ongoing initiative to increase access and provide a range of experiences, both passive and active, in the outdoors for all students at JR Masterman Middle and High School. The benefits of recreation in the open air to our children's health and well being are well documented. Indeed, the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights listed play as the right of every child and young person.
Having achieved our first goals (described at bottom), we applied for the Community Design Collaborative grant to develop a master plan with the aid of design professionals. Starting in spring 2016, a task-force made up of students, parents, teachers, administrators, and community members participated in collaborative workshops with the Collaborative’s team of volunteers to develop next steps for Masterman’s open space. The Conceptual Design for Open Space Improvements represents an exciting vision for the future throughout the Masterman School property. The Collaborative's grant in-kind services were valued at 40K, and involved architects, landscape designers, engineers and a historical preservationist. The conceptual design (see below) addresses open space improvements throughout JR Masterman including the rooftop, patio and surrounding perimeter.
The report produced by the Collaborative provides the preliminary design and budgets needed to advance to the next step, namely gaining support, raising funds, and implementing the design in phases.