Navarro Academy Early Childhood Education Center
623 Pecos St.
San Antonio, Texas
In January 2006, an early childhood development center was opened at the campus partly funded by the University of Texas at San Antonio to provide an educational laboratory for early childhood education students to best observe practices in the field. UTSA received a $1 million dollar endowment from Bank of America to support this program. Of this amount, $150,000 was designated for a playground including design, installation, equipment, fixtures, landscaping, and other playground furnishings.
The UTSA School of Architecture students were asked to compete in a design competition with each other to build a model and propose the idea for a state of the art playground design that would be both eye pleasing and contribute to child development.