This February we celebrate Black History month by featuring a local playground that highlights the contributions of Black Americans to American history.

The Douglass Community Center Playground, located in Leesburg, VA, is a one-of-a-kind destination playground that allows kids to learn while playing. The playground includes structures, panels, and play events honoring historical figures and their accomplishments.

The playground is located just outside The Historic Douglass School which was built on land purchased by the Black community in 1941 during segregation and served as the only Black high school in Loudoun County until 1968. It was recently restored and rededicated as an Education and Development Campus where special attention was given to displaying its inspiring history through photographs, art, and commemorative exhibits.

The entire campus holds special meaning for the community and the playground is an example of how play can elevate our conversations, extend learning, and promote community growth.

All Recreation was honored to have been selected to partner with Loudoun County Parks, Recreation & Community Services to bring their vision for the playground portion of this project to life. The playground, and its Project Manager Chancey Coleman, were acknowledged by manufacturer BCI Burke at their annual conference as the recipient of the “Playground That Moved Us Award” for 2023.

Learn more about this remarkable playground by viewing the video here.