Request for Applications

Natural Playground Build at La Casita Center

A child’s imagination flourishes when they have access to a natural, outdoor play space that is purposefully designed to allow children to be expressive while exploring their natural world. Research shows that many of the developmental skills that children must achieve – such as cognitive and social-emotional – can be most effectively learned through outdoor play.

The purpose of this Request for Applications (RFA) is to identify companies that could complete a natural playground build at La Casita Center.

Key Project Details and Features

  • Site:

    • Location: La Casita Center – 223 E Magnolia Ave, Louisville, KY 40208
    • Size: approximately 3300 square feet
    • Construction staging adjacent to playground build in parking lot
    • Subsurface conditions unknown
    • Subterranean conditions unknown
  • Key features of the playground: (See images of examples below)

    • Climber
    • Swings
    • Slide Hill
    • Obstacles / Furniture
    • Art and Music Walls
    • Mud Kitchen
    • Pathway (approximately 520 sf)
    • Sandpit (approximately 110 sf)
    • Fencing (approximately 315 linear feet)
    • Overall Surfacing (approx. 3000 sf)
    • Shade Sails
  • Company will be responsible for:

    • Site prep and removal of current structures as needed (see current site photos below)
    • Health & safety for installation of structures
    • Commitment to working with project partners: Metro United Way, La Casita, Bernheim, and Community Coordinated Child Care

Timeline

Initial application open date: Monday, February 5, 2024

Initial application deadline for submission: Thursday, February 22, 2024

Funding decision notifications: Friday, March 1, 2024

Desired build complete: Friday, May 17, 2024

Current site photos

Preliminary playground plan:

These are not construction drawings and should not be used as such
Download PDF HERE

Examples of key features of playground


Climber Rustic Feel

Climber Multi Types

Swing 1

Swing 2

Hill with Slide

Hill with Stump Steps and Rocks

Obstacles Stumps and Posts

Obstacles Tires

Art Wall

Music Wall

Mud Kitchen Overall Design

Mud Kitchen with Roof

Sandpit Around Tree

Sandpit Lined with Large Rocks

Fencing Arbor Entrance

Fencing Arbor Entrance 2

Shade Sails 1

Shade Sails 2

Requesting Credentials

If your organization is interested in submitting an application for this project complete the form HERE or the link below to request RFA login credentials. After requesting credentials, you will receive an email with a link to submit the application on February 5, 2024, or within one business day if requesting after February 5.

Please contact Ashley Brandt, ashley.brandt@metrounitedway.org with questions or requests for additional information

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