It is always a pleasure to revisit a playground after a period of time has passed since installation – the trees have grown, the shrubs have filled in and some of the bark, originally left on a few pieces of the wood, has been peeled off as children explore the natural materials we’ve used. That’s ok! That’s a sign that the playground is loved and enjoyed (bark will eventually fall off anyway and clients know that!) Our playground carpenter, Dennis, was driving through Batawa and stopped to grab some photos.
On April 7th at the annual conference for Parks and Recreation Ontario, Preston Stringer of Earthscape and Heather Flaherty of the City of Guelph, proudly accepted a 2016 Excellence in Design Award for the Exhibition Park Playground.
The following was read aloud at the Gala Award Ceremony when the award was presented:
“Play might be seen as something of the past… and risky play all but forgotten. But not in Guelph. Inspired by European design, Guelph has created the Exhibition Park Playground, an aesthetically pleasing, challenging yet safe, and – perhaps best of all – all ages friendly play space! The design creates opportunities over multiple zones for different age groups and abilities. Play areas feature different media, such as wood, ropes, nets and boulders, meeting at varying angles and heights which test an individual’s developing abilities. The play structures blend with the surroundings of sand, trees and grass to create a real sense of playing in nature. Parent Ellyn Lusis says ‘Parents have places to sit and watch, and kids no longer need their parents to help them onto equipment. The kids are thrilled to challenge themselves and, each time I visit, I hear some child call out to their parent ‘look at me’. And teens aren’t left out of this either as they are often found challenging their abilities too. Risky play… it could make you want to wish you grew up in Guelph…”
Read the City of Guelph’s Media Release here.
Earthscape was humbled and honoured to receive 12 Awards of Excellence at the Landscape Ontario Gala on January 12th. Nine awards were received for playground design and construction. Three awards were received for residential design and construction. Earthscape was the sole winner in the Commercial Design category for five different playground designs. With these awards, Earthscape has now received over 40 awards in ten years from Landscape Ontario.
Earthscape won three Awards of Excellence in both design and construction categories at the Landscape Ontario Gala awards ceremony in Toronto. As the sole winners in the Commercial Design category, awards were received for two unique playground designs, one of which will be built this spring at the Orchard Park Early Learning Centre in St. Thomas, Ontario. The second winner is a playground design based on the adventures of comic strip characters Calvin & Hobbes, offering climbable creatures and topography that one might discover in an imaginary alien world. In the Special Interest Construction category, an award was received for the railway-themed Albert Street playground built in the Region of Waterloo.
Earthscape has now won a total of 29 awards from Landscape Ontario since 2006.
At a recent school consultation, students were asked to vote on the playground they wanted…hands down winner…ours. Gotta love the opinion of kids!!
Earthscape is looking forward to attending the following upcoming events. Be sure to stop by and see us!
Date: October 19-22, 2018
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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