Affiliation: Louisiana State University
Date of Project: 1998 – Present
Partners: A variety of local organizations depending on the location of the project
Goal or Aim: The LSU Community Playground Project has been in existence since 1998 to provide children in Baton Rouge and surrounding communities with safe, fun, accessible playgrounds that the children themselves help to design.
Why Pursue this?: LSU Biological Engineering students are required to take a Service Learning design class in which students are
assigned to work with a local public school to design a playground that encompasses the soul of the community. The design, funding, and construction processes engage elementary students, parents, teachers, and school staff. LSU faculty, staff, and students have worked alongside their community partners to address the community needs, demonstrating a commitment to work with the community, rather than simply providing a product for the community.
What is the impact of the program?: “Playgrounds are giving kids the resources and access they need to be safe and have fun,” said Tony Daigle, a graduate student in biological engineering and
graduate assistant to Dr. Marybeth Lima, director, Center for Community Engagement, Learning and Leadership (CCELL) and professor, biological and agricultural engineering. “People from all different backgrounds came together today to make a difference.”
Adapted from LSU College of Engineering Website and Community Playground Project Website
Sources: LSU College of Engineering,
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