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Building a new playground for Pierce Downer Elementary School

Learn more about PLAY! at Pierce and how we are planning to raise $250,000 to build a new playground at Pierce Downer.

Our mission

In winter 2021-22, Pierce Downer Elementary School launched PLAY! at Pierce – a campaign to raise funds for renovations to its nearly 30 year old playground. Named for the founder of the village, Pierce Downer Elementary has shared in the history of northern Downers Grove for over 70 years. Today over 325 students attend in grade levels K-6.

A new playground at Pierce Downer Elementary School would give students and the entire community a place to come together, feel safe, and have fun – a type of place that is needed now more than ever. Play is a significant part of a child’s physical and mental development. Playgrounds can provide children the opportunity to develop their socialization skills with peers, engage in flexible and critical thinking as well as develop their gross and fine motor skills.

Purchase a brick for our playground’s Legacy Path

Our playground will have a beautiful, brick legacy path showcasing our Pierce Downer spirit. You can purchase two different brick options:

4×8 for $250 or 8×8 for $500.

Engrave them with your family’s name, an inspirational quote or in memory of your child’s favorite PD teacher. Please consider supporting our playground and building our community path!

Why build a new playground?

Pierce Downer’s playground needs to be updated for a few reasons. One reason is we need more climbing equipment. Our small playground doesn’t provide ample opportunity for the children to climb and develop their upper body strength. Upper body strength is vital for mobility, fine motor skills, and self-help skills. Another reason is we need more obstacle course equipment which develops and enhances strength and balance. The children at Pierce Downer will truly benefit from a new playground, since physical activity leads to healthy minds and bodies.

Mary French, Physical Education Teacher, Pierce Downer Elementary School

Help us meet our fundraising goal

We are asking community partners like you to help make the dream of replacing the decades-old and outdated playground equipment at Pierce Downer Elementary School a reality. Consider making a donation today.

Our sponsors

Learn more about our amazing sponsors that have made donations to support our events and help get us closer to our goal!


How you can help


Learn more about the different ways you can make a donation, and how your donation can make a real difference.


We are working with a wide range of local businesses to raise awareness for our project and to obtain sponsorships.


Your generosity makes our work possible. Whether you contribute financially or as advocate for good.


Stay up to date on our progress and learn about upcoming events, new sponsors and other exciting details!