Beethoven Elementary School in Mar Vista plans to recognize Anne and Kirk Douglas Wednesday, May 7th, for providing a grant to fund a new playground at the school.

The Douglases, who gave the Anne & Kirk Douglas Playground Award to Beethoven Elementary, will be honored at the official playground dedication ceremony, scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. next to the play structure, 3711 Beethoven St., Mar Vista.

Among the guests invited to the ceremony are Los Angeles Unified School District superintendent David Brewer, Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl, school board member Marlene Canter and former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan.

Beethoven Elementary students also plan to perform a violin solo and choral performance.

“The students of Beethoven are joyful at the opportunity to climb, slide and jump on a beautiful, shaded play structure in our ‘Big Yard’,” said principal Althea Ford. “We are truly grateful to the Anne & Kirk Douglas Playground Award for funding a playground that will benefit both our children and our community for years to come.”

With the Anne & Kirk Douglas Playground Award and the support of Los Angeles Unified School District, Beethoven Elementary has taken its first major leap in renovating the entire “Big Yard” at the school, Ford said.

Before the play structure installation, the yard consisted of dated playground equipment and a bleak stretch of asphalt, she said. Over the past ten years, a partnership of the Friends of Beethoven booster club, school staff and community organizations and foundations have successfully beautified the front side of Beethoven Elementary.

The groups say they are now moving forward in phases to transform the “Big Yard.”

The Anne & Kirk Douglas Playground Award provides matching funds of up to $25,000 to improve children’s play areas throughout the Los Angeles Unified School District. Since its inception in 1997, the grant program has provided more than $8 million to over 400 projects.

The Anne & Kirk Douglas Playground Award is managed and administered by Community Partners, a nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating ideas into action to advance the public good.

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