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Cold Spring School

The Gift of Play

We are delighted to announce an exciting, transformational initiative which will bring joy, discovery and adventure to Cold Spring students for decades to come: a new playground! 

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A New Playground

As today’s students come of age in a world of challenges relating to climate and social disconnection, it is more important than ever to shape gathering and play spaces around campus that empower children and foster curiosity and deep connection with the landscape. At Cold Spring, we hold play as sacred during these foundational years of childhood.

Cold Spring's beloved Pear Tree Yard is the heart of the school in many ways. It is a gathering space, a place for big-bodied play, and an outdoor classroom where the natural world can be explored up close. With the completion of Cold Spring's new Preschool building in 2023, the Pear Tree Yard is now in its new and final configuration making this the perfect time to reimagine and redesign this integral outdoor campus space. 

How exciting that we can, in this moment in time, make a permanent mark on the school in this way!  This transformation will benefit generations of Cold Spring students to come. In this first phase, Cold Spring is starting with the construction of a brand new, custom-designed play structure with dreams of continuing to expand from here in future years.

Photo Credit: Environment. Design llc

You're Invited!

On Saturday, June 8th, Cold Spring is excited to host you all for an event in honor of this incredible initiative: "Spring into Play!" Please come join us as we gather in community to celebrate and complete the fundraising for this special project.


Spring into Play!

Saturday, June 8, 2024


Please join us for a delightful day filled with:

  • Adult Games: Enjoy games and activities in the Pear Tree Yard.
  • Delicious Food: Savor homemade food!
  • Silent Auction and Fund-A-Cause: Bid on fantastic items donated by parents, students and community members, and be ready to donate towards the playground throughout the night as we watch the "thermometer" reach our goal!




Campaign Objectives

Playground Design

 Together, a committee of Cold Spring faculty and staff members is working with a New Haven playground designer to create a custom piece, fit specifically for our students and our space. This innovative, intentional design will strategically and creatively increase our “play footprint” and will be a playground for every grade and every child at CSS. 

Photo Credit: Environment. Design llc

Outdoor play is crucial to the development of the whole child. This new playground will allow children to challenge their physical skills, take age appropriate risks, engage in imaginative play, and more. 

Donna Dacosta, Head Preschool Teacher

In This Section

Meet the Director of Development

Georgia Lieber joined Cold Spring School as Development Director in 2021. She is also a current parent and long-time member of the New Haven community.

Contact Georgia