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The Advent School Community Playground

23 May The Advent School Community Playground

The Advent School Community Playground is a true community effort. This project has been in development for over a year and many constituents have worked tirelessly to get us to where we are today.

The “community” in “Community Playground” refers to the fact that each contribution is meaningful – from the faculty who visited playgrounds around the world to the student who donated $5 to the Playground Fund – and will help bring the vision to life.

On this page you will find information about the history of the project and how you can contribute to its success. If you have questions about this project, or would like more information, please contact Abigail Hayhurst, Director of Advancement, at or (617) 742-0520 x 54.


Advent moved into 15 and 17 Brimmer Street in 1964. Since then, the land behind the School has gone through many changes. In the 1960s it was an open courtyard. A raised basketball platform was added in the 1980s, and a wooden play structure was erected in the 1990s.

In 2015 the Board of Trustees identified the playground as a major initiative in Learn, Act, Change, Advent’s strategic plan. In 2016, the School hired landscape architect Holly Ben-Joseph to design a space that a space that maximizes our footprint and provides play opportunities for students in all grades.

The site has already gone through several rounds of drainage and soil testing, and construction on the new playground will begin in June 2017. Follow Advent on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for construction updates throughout the summer.


Play for All Ages

  • Multi-use sport court
  • Climbing wall
  • Adjustable basketball backstop
  • Log climbing structure
  • Magnetic wall
  • Quiet sitting areas
  • Sandbox with shade sail
  • Walking paths

Program & Curriculum

  • Butterfly garden
  • Area for compost
  • Dramatic play areas
  • Outdoor classroom space
  • Native landscaping

Capital Improvements

  • New fence around perimeter
  • Improved drainage
  • Weather-resistant boardwalk
  • Low-maintenance turf
  • No wood chips!



Your contribution to the Playground Fund will have a lasting impact on the lives of current and future Advent students. You can donate online here (select “Community Playground” as your gift designation). You can also contribute by downloading this form (The Advent School Community Playground) and mailing it to:

Abigail Hayhurst, Director of Advancement
The Advent School
15 Brimmer St.
Boston, MA 02108


The School would like to acknowledge the work of the following groups for their work on The Advent School Community Playground:

Facilities Committee, Board of Trustees
Nicole A. DuFauchard, Head of School
Jeff Morgan, Director of Finance and Operations
Seth Kaufman P’16’18, Board Chair
Peter Georgantas P’19’20
Jack Gurnon P’09’09

Faculty Playground Committee
Elinor Albin, ECC Charles
Ariane Kramer, Kindergarten Brimmer
Heather McBurney, Third Brimmer
Meagan Ramos, PE
Rosa Vega, Kindergarten Charles

Parent Playground Committee
Nicole A. DuFauchard, Head of School
Jeff Morgan, Director of Finance and Operations
Abigail Hayhurst, Director of Advancement
Jared Fry P’23
Peter Georgantas P’19’20
Abby Goldenfarb P’21’23

Thank you for supporting The Advent School!