Students at Short Avenue Elementary School in Del Rey now have a new playground thanks to the Anne and Kirk Douglas Playground Award program.

The Douglas’s visited Short Avenue Elementary Wednesday, June 4th, as the school dedicated the new playground, which was provided through a grant from the award program.

“I am grateful and excited to see the playground complete,” Short Avenue principal Stephanie Harris said. “This project demonstrates the importance of physical activity to our students and has built a sense of pride and community at the school.”

With the support of Proposition BB funds, Short Avenue Elementary was able to remove the dilapidated equipment and resurface the asphalt of the former playground, but was unable to install new equipment due to a lack of funds, Harris said.

Through the efforts of committed teachers and concerned parents, the school applied for and was granted funds from the Anne and Kirk Douglas Playground Award, Harris said.

The playground award program 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 meet its goal of 400 projects by year-end.

The Anne and 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.