Ground3 was approached by the Haysboro Community Association to create a new vision for an existing park that contained conventional play equipment nearing its lifespan. We orchestrated a program charrette to determine the community’s needs, wants and nice to haves for the new playground. It was here where the larger group showed overwhelming support for a natural playground that encouraged Free Play. Paired with our knowledge of the site and an understanding of the park’s target users, the charrette drove the development of a context appropriate and nature-friendly design.
The ultimate park design came to fruition from feedback at a public open house, along with input from the Community Association’s Playground Committee. This portion of the project culminated with a Free Play Book - a document that summarized design decisions and the engagement process. Ground3 worked closely with the successful contractor to see this natural playground come through to fruition for the Park Opening in September 2015.
Design elements include an amphitheatre and labyrinth, pathways, obstacle course and entrance trellis. Natural play components include a dry stream, native vegetation, natural boulders, rope bridge, log nest, hillside slides, balance beam, berms and log benches.