Learning Landscapes

What's Happening Now?

The Northgate Elementary School building is under construction and will re-open fall 2023. The new building main entrance will be relocated to N 120th St, so we plan to install the Learning Landscapes designs on N 120th St after the building construction is complete.

Learning Landscapes is a concept developed by Kathy Hirsh-Pasek at Temple University to address educational inequities in urban areas. By transforming the public realm into opportunities for young children and their caretakers to talk and engage in playful learning, children will have the opportunity to develop language, spatial awareness, and gross motor functioning that will help them build a foundation for success in school.

In Seattle, by installing designs on a sidewalk that will provide safe pedestrian passage to school through a cognitively stimulating environment, our hope is that children will engage in play and conversation that will support their development and prepare them for school.

A rendering of the project after completion with children walking on the Learning Landscape sidewalk

Project Map

Northgate's Learning Landscape designs will be located on the sidewalk at the intersection of N 117th St and 1st Ave NE and at the intersection of Meridian Ave N and N 115th St. 

A map of the project location on N 117th St

Project Timeline

The anticipated project timeline with outreach and design in 2018-2019 and with installation anticipated in Spring 2020.

Northgate Elementary's Learning Landscape

Sample designs with ruler, shape, footprint, math, and letter scrambles.



Greg Spotts, Director
Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 3800, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 34996, Seattle, WA, 98124-4996
Phone: (206) 684-7623

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