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From Pavement to Plants

Dewey School Learning Garden
St. Louis, Missouri, USA

More than 90 years after it opened, the Dewey School’s asphalt playground had fallen into disrepair and was ready for a child-friendly facelift.  

Home to more 400 students between pre-kindergarten and sixth grade, this international magnet school’s student body represents more than 100 different nationalities. Dewey’s Parent-Teacher Organization asked HOK to consider a pro-bono project assessing ways to make the playground more hospitable. 

The team developed a master plan that features basketball courts, a “peace garden,” infiltration basins, lawn mounds, vegetable plots and restored prairie. 

To accommodate the school’s limited budget, HOK’s team created a master plan that could be completed over three summers. The first phase relocated faculty parking, reorganized bus traffic and created a welcoming pedestrian access route from the adjacent sidewalk. A learning garden and multi-purpose trellis provide a friendly access point for students.



Merit Award – ASLA St. Louis


17 February 2011
“Dewey School: HOK – 2011 Merit Award”
ASLA St. Louis