Playground Project

Playground Master Plan

Morley PTO has developed an LPS-approved master plan to improve the Morley playground.

This plan is the result of many months of working in partnership with LPS and represents our vision for the future of Morley’s playground.

Addressing existing conditions

  • Safety concerns – lack of separation between service areas (vehicles) and playground; deterioration of current equipment
  • Water flow/drainage issues – limited use in wet weather
  • No structures currently meet ADA guidelines

New plan features

  • Improved safety – extend fence to separate students from service area; improved sight-lines for teachers/monitors
  • Improved foot traffic flow; added trees; vibrant color; picnic tables to provide buffer to classrooms
  • Additional pavement – improved drainage, expand service/delivery area; reorganize sidewalks for better connectivity; provide more area for play after wet weather
  • New and better organized play areas
    • Sports Zone – emphasizes lifelong fitness & sports exploration
    • Fitness & Play Zones – promotes large motor development (strength, balance, etc.) and incorporates fun equipment accessible for students of all abilities 

Construction Timeline – Summer & Fall 2018

  • July – Old, unsafe equipment removed
  • July-August – Gravel regraded, soccer field reoriented and additional goals installed, concrete work completed and available for play until large structure installation begins
  • TBD – New large play structure installed (date determined by LPS, targeting early fall semester, check back for updates or join our mail list)

Fundraising Goal: $125,000


Ways to Help

Leadership donations of $1,000 and above will be recognized on a permanent donor wall in the school!



Payable to Morley PTO; mail to Morley Elementary, 6800 Monterey Dr., Lincoln, NE 68506.

LPS Foundation

Donate through the LPS Foundation ‘Fund-a-Need’ page.

Donate Online

Use our secure online donation form.

Our equipment wish list!

Current Conditions: Why we need a new playground!

Trip hazards

Peeling plastic

No separation between service area

Poor, washed out drainage

No accessible equipment

Playground Project Timeline


Spring 2016 & 2017

School surveys show #1 priority for Morley PTO is playground improvements; PTO begins saving toward this goal.

July 2018

PROGRESS! Old, unsafe equipment removed.


October 2016 - November 2017

Plan development and LPS review process.


November 2017

Jan. – Nov. 2017 LPS review; playground master plan approved by LPS Nov. 2017.

February 2018

Playground Project public-facing fundraising begins.