Charles Nash Elementary PTA Installs New Playground Shade Structure

May 16,2018

Charles Nash Elementary School is nestled between the Trinity Urban Apartments on the Bluff and the Villa De Leon Condominiums on Samuels Avenue in Downtown Fort Worth. The school's PTA is currently focused on enrichment of the school’s outdoor play. The school’s historic campus was built in 1927 and has expansive and unique external grounds. Last Spring, the PTA funded the construction of an outdoor amphitheater, creating additional space to support the school’s music and performing arts programs. During the summer, the PTA also commissioned local artists to create a beautiful mural of the school’s mascot: the Roadrunner.

The PTA's vision of more opportunities for outdoor play led to the goal of providing shade structures for the existing playground. After months of fundraising, the group met their monetary goal to install the shade structures. The project was completed in April 2018. The addition to the playground provides their students protection from the Texas heat and expands outdoor instruction opportunities to classes.

The Fort Worth Downtown Neighborhood Alliance (FWDNA) collaborated with the Charles Nash Elementary School PTA to support the PTA’s initiatives to enhance the school’s outdoor play area. FWDNA members collected over $1,500 during the fourth quarter of 2017 to help the school fund a shade structure for the playground. On February 6, 2018, two FWDNA Board Members presented a check to the PTA during a school-wide fundraiser assembly.

"Achieving this goal was made possible through the support and dedication of our community! These opportunities to encourage outdoor play not only benefit children’s physical development but also improves their social skills and self-confidence."                                                                                                          - Charles Nash Elementary PTA