Fishtown Playschool Celebrates Play with a New Imagination Playground

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Thousands of schools and children’s organizations rallied their communities and voted for a new playground. Fishtown Playschool in Philadelphia, PA is now the newest recipient of the Imagination Playground VOTE for Play award, receiving their very own Imagination Playground and Play Associate Training (a value of $7,500).

A community rallying together to vote for a new playground for their children is worth celebrating. “This has been one of the best days for Fishtown Playschool and imagining our children using the blocks for the first time gives me goose bumps,” shared Chris Morrissey Grubb, one of the co-founders and lead teachers at FPS, when the news came on Thursday that they had been awarded the playground.

Fishtown Playschool, in Philadelphia, PA, is a parent-operated program that began in January of 2013. In the two years since their inception, they have grown to twenty families, rent space in a local church, and have two masters-level teachers. Parents volunteer as classroom helpers several times a month and serve on operating committees.

When asked how such a small group was able to garner such community support, the response was, “We are fortunate enough to have an engaged and devoted community, who helped us with the daily votes. We truly would not have won without their support, a testament to the small but mighty program we began in our homes.” The team went on to say, “We are excited to use the Imagination Playground within our program and to offer community play days so that all the children in the Fishtown area have access to these incredible tools.”

They concluded with, “This win is truly a dream come true for us and an incredible testament to the power of community.” To win the campaign, Fishtown Playschool sent out daily email reminders with quotes about how the kids would use the blocks. They garnered community support by gaining support from their local newspaper, and social media following –they even handed out fortune cookies with the reminder to vote in them.

Ultimately, the coordinated efforts of Fishtown Playschool were rewarded when 8,999 votes later, they accumulated the most votes and were awarded a new Imagination Playground. Imagination Playground President, Dave Krishock congratulated the efforts of all participants and said, “We are amazed by the efforts of schools and organizations across the nation as they garnered support within their communities to bring an Imagination Playground to their children. We believe Imagination Playground transforms minds, bodies, and spirits through play, and this shared mission is evident in the number of votes that were cast—over 52,000!”

“We congratulate Fishtown Playschool on their efforts and all the educators and parents who participated. Because the Imagination Playground VOTE for Play program has been so wildly popular and because we love to help children learn and grow, we will be offering yet another opportunity for someone to be awarded an Imagination Playground; all you have to do is VOTE for play!” Krishock concluded.

Imagination Playground will be extending the VOTE for Play program for another voting period. From March 23 through May 13, schools and organizations will have another chance to cast their votes to be awarded an Imagination Playground and Play Associate Training. The awardee will be announced on May 15th. Just visit to learn more.

About Imagination Playground, LLC
Imagination Playground is a breakthrough play space concept developed to encourage child-directed, creative free play. The kind of play that experts say is critical to children’s intellectual, social, physical and emotional development. Created by architect and designer David Rockwell and the Rockwell Group, Imagination Playground enables children to play, dream, build, and explore endless possibilities. Imagination Playground finds its home in daycare centers, kindergartens, elementary schools, children’s museums—and science, nature, discovery centers, camps, community centers, children’s hospitals, hotels, public parks and more—in North America and over 50 countries overseas. For more information visit

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