PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — Students at Walnut Hill Elementary in Petersburg will have an unusual new way to play during gym class, as the city has partnered with a non-profit to install a rock climbing wall.

“It is a testament to the power of community partnerships and the importance of safe and engaging play spaces for kids,” said Dr. Tamara Sterling, Superintendent of Petersburg Public Schools. “This is just the first of many projects to come.”

The wall features three color-coded “bouldering” routes — that is, climbing routes that don’t require a harness or rope and stay relatively close to the ground. The wall also has a hinged crash pad that can be lowered to uncover the wall

Students and staff at Walnut Hill Elementary celebrate the installation of the new wall. (Photo: Petersburg Public Schools)

The project was made possible by using Title IV grant funding from the Virginia Department of Education.

CORRECTION: The article has been updated to reflect the accurate source of funding for the project.