The University of West Florida is accepting submissions to name the UWF Historic Trust’s new Interactive Early Learning Playground. The playground, donated by Quint and Rishy Studer, will be located at Museum Plaza, a historic preservation and education initiative in Historic Pensacola.
The submission of name ideas serves as a unique opportunity to engage in the community and contribute to early learning in Pensacola. The playground can be named after a person, an event, an idea or vision. Nominations are due April 15 and can be submitted at historicpensacola.org/playground.
“The Studers have committed to a long-term investment in early childhood education in efforts to establish Pensacola as ‘America’s first Early Learning City,’” said Howard Reddy, vice president for university advancement. “Their vision is to incorporate early learning into public spaces in order to enhance childhood education and community advocacy.”
The Interactive Early Learning Playground will highlight the industries that played an important role in the development of Pensacola: timber, fishing, shipping, brick making and transportation. The playground’s design features unique timber play equipment, such as a log flume, stump hop, log stack and a rope climber. Accessory features, such as pulleys, a ship bell, a ship wheel and other small interactive items will be placed throughout the playground. The play equipment will have colorful letters and numbers painted on it that encourages children to explore and learn while playing.