Instead of the asphalt lot that previously served as a playground for the students of Short Avenue Elementary School in Del Rey, students now have a new playground, thanks to the support of the Anne & Kirk Douglas Playground Award. The school is at 12814 Maxella Ave.

The playground was dedicated Wednesday, January 24th.

“I am grateful and excited to see the playground complete,” said principal Stephanie Harris. “This project demonstrates the importance of physical activity to our students and has built a sense of pride and community at the school. Additionally, it has shown us what we can accomplish when students, staff, parents and community work together.”

With support from the Los Angeles Unified School District and an Anne & Kirk Douglas Playground Award grant, the school was able to remove dilapidated equipment and resurface crumbling asphalt.

But funds did not provide for installing new equipment.

Through the efforts of teachers and parents, school officials applied for and received another Anne & Kirk Douglas Playground Award grant.

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 $7 million to more than 350 projects.

The goal of the award founders is to fund a total of 400 projects by the end of this tenth anniversary year.