Putnam Indian Field School – Children Hone Their Skills at a New Play Area

Putnam Indian Field School – Children Hone Their Skills at a New Play Area


In late October, the Putnam Indian Field announced plans to replace the outworn Smokey’s Bounders play structures with new and challenging designs, made from natural materials. Working with Environment Design, the firm that created the Stamford Museum’s Nature Playground, and inspired by the late Headmaster Fred Wierdsma’s original plan, the school is now happy to say that Phase 1 of the project has been completed.

The children are enjoying the new zip line, the log balance beams and the stump walk. Winter has not discouraged them from wanting to run outside and challenge themselves on the new structures. Parents and teachers are always happy to “spot” the children on the equipment.

Still to come are the tree houses, fort, climbing walls, swings, rope ladders and a grass maze, which will be built in the spring and summer of 2020. It is heartwarming to see Fred’s Smokey’s play yard coming back to life in new form. Encouraging children to spend quality time outdoors has always been an important element of the school’s mission. The children benefit immensely as they gain confidence, have new experiences, solve problems and meet challenges successfully.

As much as they are enjoying the new equipment, the children are looking forward to more adventures when the full project is completed. The future is exciting for the Putnam Indian Field School family.


Phone – 203 – 661 – 4629

101 Indian Field Road, Greenwich, CT 06830